Neil Lennon: This is how Hibernian can get something against Celtic at Hampden
By Danny Wright
Neil Lennon has claimed that his Hibernian side will have to be at their absolute best to get anything against Celtic on Saturday when the two sides meet in the Scottish League Cup semi-final at Hampden Park.
Ex-Hoops boss Lennon, now at Easter Road, will be hoping to build on what was an impressive result for his side at Parkhead earlier this season when they almost halted Brendan Rodgers’ side’s unbeaten domestic run.
John McGinn’s brace almost gave Hibs a 2-1 win over Celtic before Callum McGregor popped up with a double of his own to see out a four-goal draw.
Lennon is wary that his side may be coming up against the Bhoys looking to straighten things out after losing 3-0 against Bayern Munich on Wednesday, but is still hopeful that his side can cause an upset and book their spot in the League Cup final.
“They will obviously be hurting after Wednesday night and there might be some sort of backlash from that,” said Lennon, as quoted on the BBC Sport website.
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“We have to be ready for that.”
When asked about repeating his side’s previous performance against Celtic, Lennon added: “That’s the intention. They’re going to have to be at their best and hopefully catch Celtic in bad moments.
“They’ve got over the defeat [to Aberdeen] last week. They didn’t deserve to lose the game. We’ve played pretty well in the last couple of games against the top two teams in the country.
“Obviously the performance at Celtic Park, while it was a good performance, will bear no significance on tomorrow, even though it’s still very much fresh in the memory.”
Hibernian and Celtic will be looking to book their spot in the final against either Rangers or Motherwell, who play each other on Sunday in the second semi-final fixture.
Many would expect there to be an Old Firm clash in the final, but there’s no doubt that Lennon will be out to buck that trend by winning against his old employers this weekend.