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Cup quest: Neil Lennon
Cup quest: Neil Lennon

By Gavin McCafferty

Celtic manager Neil Lennon does not feel there is any pressure on his players to hold on to their dominance of Scotland's cup competitions.

But he senses a determination among his players to extend their stranglehold as they look to make it 10 pieces of domestic silverware in a row.

Celtic will aim to stretch their winning run in domestic cup ties to 29 matches when they host Partick Thistle in the Betfred Cup quarter-finals tonight.

Lennon said: "I don't think there's any pressure on the players now, in terms of this competition anyway.

"They have won it three years in a row. I don't know if there's a huge expectation to win it again. If that is the case, they are well used to it."

Lennon will make changes to his team as he looks to give some players a well-earned rest.

Lennon said: "It's fair to say there will be some changes.

"Moritz (Bauer) twisted his ankle so he'll be a doubt. Christopher Jullien is fine, but obviously we have to take a steer on games coming up as well, for the likes of (James) Forrest, (Scott) Brown, (Callum) McGregor, (Ryan) Christie, they have all been playing a lot of football.

"We would like to play them in every game but it's not realistic, and there are players champing at the bit to play as well, so we need to find the right balance."

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