Tuesday 22 October 2019

Neil Lennon warns Celtic to forget 'triple treble' hype and focus on winning Scottish Cup final

Celtic boss Neil Lennon will take his side to Bosnia for a Champions League clash with FK Sarajevo. Photo: Getty
Celtic boss Neil Lennon will take his side to Bosnia for a Champions League clash with FK Sarajevo. Photo: Getty

Neil Lennon has warned Celtic not to get sucked in by the triple treble hype ahead of Saturday's Scottish Cup final with Hearts.

The Hoops stand on the brink of completing a third domestic clean sweep in a row but Lennon is worried his team will take their eye off the ball.

He said: "Hearts are a very difficult obstacle for us to overcome so there's no point me sitting here telling you how I'm going to feel when we win the cup.

"That will hopefully all come at half past five on Saturday.

"In the meantime, I'm just wary of everyone talking about treble trebles, bus parades and blah blah blah...

"We've got to play the game and not the occasion. That's really important. It's the message we will be hammering over to the players over the next two days."

While Lennon is looking to lift his seventh trophy as Celtic boss, Craig Levein is hoping to end his 38-year wait for a first major honour as either a player or manager.

Lennon has said he is amazed the former Scotland boss has never enjoyed the glory of holding a cup aloft.

He said: "It does surprise me. He's an outstanding manager. He's been that good he has managed his country.

"He's turned Hearts around again. He's got longevity, he's a workaholic and I know what the club means to him. He'll be as motivated as anyone come Saturday.

"Hearts made a really good start to the season, and but for some horrendous injuries could have had a stronger season. They are formidable and we'll have to be at our best to beat them."

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