Neil Lennon praised Celtic captain Scott Brown for his match-winning display against Hamilton on Wednesday night.
The Bhoys earned a narrow 2-1 home victory against Parkhead in the Scottish Premiership and moved two points clear at the top of the table, as Rangers were held away to Aberdeen.
Ryan Christie had put Celtic in front in the 13th minute and he continues to be a standout individual for the Scottish champions.
But the hosts weren’t at their fluent best in front of goal as a team and Hamilton appeared to have snatched a draw with Marios Ogkmpoe’s 90th minute equaliser.
Celtic showed their title-winning mentality with a 92nd minute winner and it was veteran midfielder Brown who popped up to seal three precious points.
The 34-year-old saw his left-footed effort shot go in after bursting forward into the penalty area.
Lennon was waxing lyrical about his captain after his display and feels he’s still at the top of his game.
“He’s pivotal, an inspiration. He’s not here because he’s Scott Brown, he’s here because he’s a brilliant player. It was a brilliant finish and he showed great composure. He’s massive for us,” Lennon said, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.
Brown has seen it all during an illustrious Celtic career, but he’s still producing magical moments for his team and the importance of his injury-time winner on Wednesday night can’t be understated.
It will be a psychological blow to Rangers to see their rivals score so late on, as they see there is very little margin for error.
Celtic have found a knack of winning when they’re not at their best and when they’re on form they have shown they can compete at European level this season.