LENNON WANTS CELTIC TO REMEMBER

Neil Lennon wants Celtic to remember the pain of last year's League Cup final defeat to Rangers.

Last Updated: 17/03/12 at 13:47 Post Comment

Neil Lennon: Prepares for League Cup final

Neil Lennon: Prepares for League Cup final

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Neil Lennon wants his players to remember the pain of last year's League Cup final defeat to Rangers as they prepare to take on Kilmarnock in this season's final at Hampden on Sunday.

The Hoops went down 2-1 to their Old Firm rivals in extra-time at the national stadium which prevented them ultimately winning a cup double.

Celtic are strong favourites against Killie to take the first trophy of a possible treble and the Parkhead boss wants his players to use last season's final disappointment as motivation.

"I can use a lot of games to motivate the players, none more so than the cup final this time last year," he said.

"I think that will be a motivation itself.

"But we have our own reasons for winning the cup and hopefully the players will concentrate on that.

"Kilmarnock are a good team and Kenny (Shiels) has done remarkably well given some of the players they lost from last season.

"I thought he might struggle with (former manager) Mixu Paatelainen leaving and the way they finished the season but they haven't at all, they have actually improved.

"They are in a decent position in the league and they are in a cup final so a lot of credit must go to Kenny and (assistant) Jimmy Nicholl for that."

Lennon is ready for one of the hardest tasks of any football manager; picking a cup final team.

The former Celtic captain was keeping his line-up close to his chest but he knows that with only five substitutes allowed even more players than usual are going to be left disappointed.

"Unlike the SPL games, we only have five substitutes instead of seven so there will be two berths that won't be there," he said.

"The majority of the team picks itself and the rest will probably be a little bit of a tactical selection more than anything else.

"There will be players disappointed that they won't be starting the game but the team that starts won't necessarily be the team that ends the game."

Lennon has left nothing to chance, revealing that his players have been practising penalties in case the match goes all the way.

"They were practising on Friday but we are hoping it doesn't go to that," he said.

"If it does the players will be well prepared for it but it's all on that moment and how they are feeling themselves - I'm glad I won't be in that position myself."

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

F

ergie, aren't you supposed to make a beep beep noise when backing up like that?

simonthfc
Ferguson: Club made Moyes decision

S

ome of these are quality! Why you no like him F365?? :(

left right out
The, Erm, 'Best' Of Henry James Redknapp

W

e're our own worst enemy. We're suicidal in defence, and we may just get slaughtered on Sunday. Other than that, I am very pleased with my team.

bob the manc
Van Gaal: We can catch Chelsea

Footer 365

Champions League: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers rues defensive mistakes in Real Madrid defeat

Brendan Rodgers says he could have asked for no more from his side after seeing them taken apart by Real Madrid.

Champions League: Real Madrid ease past Liverpool with 3-0 win at Anfield

Real Madrid produced a first-half masterclass as they overpowered Liverpool 3-0 in the Champions League at Anfield.

Champions League: Late goals give Arsenal 2-1 victory at Anderlecht

Arsenal scored twice in the final two minutes to come from behind and secure a 2-1 Champions League win at Anderlecht.

Mail Box

Do Man City Have A 'Small Mentality'?

That's one claim in the mailbox after Vincent Kompany focused on a few hundred CSKA fans sneaking into the ground instead of City blowing a two-goal lead...

City: Like A Deer Caught In The Headlights

...while Chelsea just live for Champions League nights. That's one view in a mailbox that also includes several happy football fans and looks forward to Michael Carrick's return...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property