Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 2 August 2014

Celtic settle for scrappy passage to next round

Berwick Rangers 0 Celtic 2: Relieved Neil Lennon admitted he was relieved to avoid another Scottish Cup upset after dumping Berwick Rangers out in the fourth round.

The Hoops boss suffered disappointment in last season's semi-final against Ross County and he was keen to avoid a repeat of that result against the Irn-Bru Third Division outfit.

Berwick managed to pull off one of the biggest shocks in Scottish football when they defeated Rangers back in 1967 but they failed to match that achievement when goals from Daniel Majstorovic and Scott Brown sealed a 2-0 win for Celtic.

Lennon said: “It was solid but it wasn't spectacular and we expected that to be the case with the pitch and the conditions.

“We had to play in a different way because the pitch didn't suit the way we like to play. It's another clean sheet and we are pretty pleased.

“These games are always difficult and they are always scrappy affairs. If you look at the FA Cup in England,, there were quite a few upsets. Anything can happen on any given day.

“Once the second goal went in I felt we could have won the game more comfortably. I thought we should have had a penalty for a challenge on Thomas Rogne but we can't complain, it's been a good day's work. The quality wasn't great but you have to accept that on a pitch like that”

New signing Freddie Ljungberg made his debut at tiny Shielfield Park after recovering from the virus that kept him out of last week's Old Firm derby win.

Lennon said: “It was difficult for him to have an impact on the game because it was quite congested in there. But the 60 minutes will have done him the world of good and the longer he trains and plays, there will be more opportunities for him to show what he can do.”

Georgios Samaras could be set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after being forced out of the action before half-time with a hamstring injury.

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