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Neil Lennon: Bhoys are looking forward to Hampden clash

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WITH just five games of the season remaining, the Hoops are still closing in on an eighth consecutive Premiership title. However, the focus this week turns to the Scottish Cup and a semi-final meeting with Aberdeen at Hampden on Sunday.

Speaking exclusively to this week’s’ Celtic View, Neil Lennon said that the squad is full of confidence and looking forward to what will be a tough tie.

Already this season, the Hoops beat Aberdeen 1-0 at Celtic Park back in September, while they edged a seven-goal thriller at Pittodrie on Boxing Day. However, the most recent meeting between the sides, at Paradise back in March, ended goalless.

“We’re in a brilliant position, and now we look forward to a semi-final on Sunday,” Neil Lennon said. “It’s been a hard week for the players, both on and off the pitch, and they’ve dealt with everything brilliantly as usual.

“To that end, it’ll be good to have a week to prepare for the Aberdeen game at Hampden. As I say, we’re still in a great position, we’re 11 points clear, and we know what we have to do. I think there’s a lot to be happy about.”

Celtic were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Livingston last Saturday, and while disappointed with the result, the Hoops manager was still pleased with the amount of chances his side created on the day. And while he’d have hoped to move closer to an eighth consecutive league triumph with a victory, he’ll happily win the title whenever next possible.

“We’re in such a good position to win another title,” he said, “and while I’m disappointed with a draw against Livingston, particularly having created so many chances, we’re still another point closer to wrapping it up.

“We’re now 11 points clear at the top of the table with five games. We’re now on course to win it after the split, and I’m happy enough with that.

“Winning it is, above all, the most important thing from here, but we put that on hold for now and focus on Sunday’s cup semi-final with Aberdeen.”

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