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Livid Lennon blasts Stokes after slip-up

CELTIC'S season nose dived again at the weekend when they played out a lifeless draw with Hibernian less than 72 hours after comprehensively beating the same side in the League Cup.

Neil Lennon's patience with his players looked close to breaking point after the match as the Celtic boss attempted to explain a 12-point deficit on Rangers after just 12 matches.

Away fixtures to Motherwell and Inverness Caledonian Thistle either side of the international break look decidedly hazardous, with strikers |Gary Hooper and Anthony Stokes in the firing line of Lennon's anger.

Both players scored in the League Cup win over Hibs on Wednesday but there was never any threat of a repeat of the four goals in 23 minutes display that booked Celtic's place in the semi-finals of the cup competition.

“There are a few who have been consistent like Ki and Joe Ledley but there are others at the minute who are happy to go along, riding on their backs and not really making the contribution that I want from them.

“I have to speak to them and out them basically. I am not happy with some of them at the minute.

“I don't think they are giving enough in terms of the quality of their play or effort and I will speak to them individually and tell them what I think, and I am looking for a response from them.”

Asked about Hooper and Stokes Lennon added: “I thought the two of them were poor and I need some more consistency from them.

“If they are not scoring goals they need to bring something else to the team and I thought the two of them were flat.”

Lennon's scope for attacking change against Rennes in Thursday night's Europa League tie is limited, with only Georgios Samaras or youth team striker Tony Watt available