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Neil Lennon cannot allow sentiment to cloud cup final selection as young Celtic stars like Conor Hazard haven't put a foot wrong

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As Celtic stand on the brink of an unprecedented quadruple treble tomorrow afternoon at Hampden Park, Neil Lennon has a selection headache. As his team prepare to face Championship side Hearts in the delayed Scottish Cup final from last season, all eyes are on the manager and who he will entrust to guide the Hoops to yet another milestone.

Nine days ago, Lennon threw young guns Conor Hazard, Ismaila Soro and David Turnbull into the firing line against Lille in a meaningless Europa League tie and they shone in a surprise 3-2 win. The team, including the same trio, backed that victory up a few days later with a Premiership win against Kilmarnock, their first at Celtic Park in two and a half months.

Now, with a huge game on the horizon, Lennon has intimated that he may go back to the players who got the team to the Cup final in the first place, raising speculation that the younger stars may miss out.


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