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Celtic's Lennon backs hungry Hoops to deliver special treble success


Neil Lennon
Neil Lennon

By Gavin McCafferty

Neil Lennon expects to see a familiar hunger for success in his Celtic players as they bid for a ninth consecutive domestic trophy.

Celtic have a treble treble in their sights when they face Hearts in the William Hill Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park this afternoon.

The Hoops had only won the trophy once in the 11 seasons before Lennon and Martin O'Neill arrived at Parkhead in 2000 but they are now chasing a ninth Scottish Cup success in 19 years.

Lurgan man Lennon said: "It's not about me, it's about the players, they are on the cusp of something special.

"It's been pretty apparent in the past 20 years at the club how hungry and successful the players have been.

"It's great being a Celtic player but you want to be a winning Celtic player and these boys have done it spectacularly well under the tutelage of Brendan Rodgers and in my time as well.

"They have been over the course and distance before in recent years and that experience will hopefully bear them well."

The 47-year-old is looking for his seventh Scottish Cup triumph as a player and manager but he expects the nerves to be jangling.

"It's the first trophy I won as a manager, against Motherwell," he said.

"And then the morning of the second one when we beat Hibs my stomach was churning. We won the double and it was a great day. This will be no different, I'm sure."

Celtic captain Scott Brown also paid tribute to former boss Rodgers who quit mid-season for Leicester.

He said of the Carnlough man: "Brendan pushed us to another level. It was great man management more than anything. He made us believe in ourselves."

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