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Neil Lennon: Cup record shows incredible consistency and mentality

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WHEN Celtic overcame Hibs 2-0 at Easter Road in last month’s Scottish Cup quarter-final, the win marked the club’s 25th consecutive cup-tie win – a record in Scottish football.

Ahead of Sunday’s semi-final against Aberdeen at Hampden, Neil Lennon hailed the consistency and mentality required to set and extend such records, and is confident his side can make history again at the weekend.

The manager said: “Sunday is most important for the players as they know they’re a game away from another final. They’ve handled these occasions well in the last couple of seasons. We know we’re up against a very tough opponent. Aberdeen have a great record themselves, so it should be a great game.

“It’s a cup competition and it’s a one-off. If you lose it that’s it. It’s an incredible record, which shows fantastic consistency and great mentality. Hopefully on Sunday we can show ourselves well. I’m here for the players and it’s important that I try to get them over the line. All I can do is focus on the games.

“Sunday is another game and it’s the most important one because it’s the next one. Outsiders would like us to lose that domination but it’s up to us to keep on prevailing.”

Neil Lennon said the squad go into the weekend for the most part injury-free, but said that Olly Burke is being monitored, having suffered a strain against Livingston last Saturday. Speaking of that game, the manager felt the scoreline did not reflect the number of his chances his side created on the day.

Going forward, he stressed that he and his players take nothing for granted, and are fully-focused on the task at hand at the national stadium this Sunday.

“I didn’t think the scoreline reflected the game last week,” said Neil Lennon. “In terms of chances created, it was pretty good. We don’t take anything for granted, and this team will be fully focused on Sunday. It’s a familiar foe that we’re up against and we know their style of play.

“It’s a semi-final and Aberdeen will want it us much as us, and we need to get on the front foot, create chances and take them.”


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