Date: 7th April 2014 at 7:23am
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Neil Lennon FirhillNeil Lennon was delighted by the way Celtic went about their business against Dundee United on Saturday.

The in-form Tannadice side were expected to take something from the match following Celtic’s’end-of-season’ showing the previous week in the draw with Ross County.

Early goals from Georgios Samaras and Anthony Stokes knocked that notion on the head with the hoops keeping control throughout the match to stretch their lead at the top of the Premiership to 28 points.

“It was a wonderful performance from start to finish,” Lennon said. “I thought the score-line should have been more emphatic, we were in total control.

“We wanted to come here and put a marker down. There’s been a lot of nice things said about Dundee United and their young players this year, and rightly so. It’s the same with Aberdeen and other teams, and I think people take Celtic for granted, but I don’t.

“I told that to the players before the game and afterwards. They were fantastic today. Our fans come in their thousands and we had to make sure that they went away happy, that’s important.

“Sometimes you don’t want the first half to end and we didn’t really hit the ground running in the second half. We had to ride out a little bit of pressure from Dundee United and once we did that, on the counter-attack we were fantastic.

“But for a little bit more care we’d have won the game by three, four or five. The football we played at times was exhibition stuff.”

The champions now have a two week break before facing Motherwell on April 19 as they chase a maximum points tally of 103 points.