Saturday 24 August 2019

'Everyone outside the club wants us to lose' - Neil Lennon generating siege mentality to secure treble treble

Celtic manager Neil Lennon. Photo: Reuters/Russell Cheyne
Celtic manager Neil Lennon. Photo: Reuters/Russell Cheyne Sportsdesk

Neil Lennon believes the desire from those outside Celtic Park to see Celtic's domination end will motivate the players in their Scottish Cup semi-final against Aberdeen.

The Hoops have won the last seven domestic trophies in Scotland - all of them under former manager Brendan Rodgers - and are closing in on an unprecedented treble treble.

If Celtic get past the Dons side at the national stadium tomorrow they would face either Hearts or Championship outfit Inverness, who play today, in next month's final.

The holders go into the game 11 points clear of Rangers at the top of the Premiership and needing just two wins to guarantee an eighth successive title.

Interim boss Lennon said: "We know everyone outside of the club would like to see us lose that domination so that is the incentive for the players, the extra motivation, to keep prevailing and keep coming through these really stiff tests.

"I don't know about extra pressure but there is a lot of talk about that (treble treble) and it is not going to go away.

"They are experienced enough, they have done the double treble.

"Can they do the treble treble? They have four games to do that and it won't be easy.

"The closer it gets the more difficult it becomes."

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