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Lennon: Final like Champions League

NEIL LENNON is confident that Celtic have hit form in time for Sunday's Scottish Cup Final against Hibs.

Celtic wrapped up their SPL campaign yesterday with a convincing 4-0 win away to Dundee United, with Anthony Stokes on target alongside Kris Commons and Georgios Samaras, who netted a double.

Lennon took some stick for giving players time off after clinching the title, with Celtic picking up one point out of six against Motherwell and Ross County.

Since getting his squad back together, Lennon has watched Celtic hit four past St Johnstone and Dundee United as the build-up to Hampden intensifies.

"The tempo that we played at was fantastic," the Celtic boss said after yesterday's win. "We got off to a great start with a goal from Kris Commons, who is on top of his form. It was another good team performance.

 

Preparation

"It's been a funny couple of weeks giving players a break, but I felt that it was a necessity. We're looking okay and I hope that we've got the preparation and timing right.

"The cup final is all on the day, but we will prepare as best we can, we will prepare like it was a Champions League game.

"We will train intensely, even though it is the last game of the season, there will be no switching off.

"We're match sharp again and have had two really good games. Sammy (Samaras) and Kris (Commons) hadn't started the previous games and looked great, I'm really pleased with the last couple of performances.

"We'll need to be at our best, I watched Hibs on Saturday and they were excellent. They have their own incentives to win, a huge incentive, but we have ours as well."

Lennon is sweating on the fitness of defender Charlie Mulgrew (knee), winger James Forrest (stiffness) and right-back Adam Matthews (knee).

Lennon said: "I have not picked my team yet. I am waiting on James, Charlie and Adam. We will know by next Thursday of Friday if they are fit and if they are they will definitely come into the squad.

"Adam is the real problem because he hasn't played since Juventus (in February) so he is a major concern.

"He has been training but he picked up a little injury again on Friday and we will have to wait and see."

The travelling support spent the afternoon giving stick to United skipper Jon Daly, who is on the verge of joining Rangers.


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