CELTIC gave fans much to be optimistic about after a promising week which ended with the champions booking their place in next month’s Scottish Cup final. Neil Lennon was pleased to see his side look more like themselves last week, but the Celtic manager also pointed out that there is still far more to come from his side.
Celtic will face Hearts in the Scottish Cup final on December 20 following their 2-0 win against Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup semi-final on Sunday. A sensational long-range effort from Ryan Christie put Celtic ahead in the 17th minute and Mohamed Elyounoussi doubled the lead five minutes later.
Reflecting on the achievement, Neil Lennon was full of praise for his side’s mentality to convincingly defeat an on-form Aberdeen side just three days after their Europa League game in France.
“It’s fantastic to be in another cup final and follow on from a great performance in France,” said the manager. “I thought we were very comfortable and were outstanding in the first half. As expected, the players tired in the second half and we had to change the shape and change the personnel but we saw the game out comfortably and it’s another cup final.
“I’m sure there was a lot of expectation and pressure on them but they didn’t show any of it and handled the occasion very well.
“I thought the ones coming in – Edouard, Bitton and Rogic – contributed brilliantly to the team. The two wide men were fantastic and scored two great goals and I thought we should maybe have been one or two more up in the first half. In the second half, you could see we were getting a little bit tired with a little bit of fatigued settling in but we managed to see the game out comfortably.
“We have a cup final to look forward to, so we can park that for now and concentrate on the league. It’s an amazing achievement to reach yet another cup final, it’s unprecedented and they’ve come through with flying colours against all challenges. You have to take all that into consideration and applaud the mentality of the team as well as their ability.”
And while the attacking players garnered praise for their contribution, the Celtic manager also praised the defensive efforts of his players, ensuring a clean sheet at the National Stadium.
“Shane Duffy had a great game,” said Neil Lennon. “He defended really well in the box with the aerial threat and he looked confident and assured. His passing was nice and crisp and he can be delighted with his performance, it’s more like him. I thought Nir Bitton alongside him was very assured as well. Scott Bain looked very assured and it’s nice to keep a clean sheet.”
Defeating Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup semi-final to set up a final with Hearts is the same path Celtic walked down on route to winning the trophy and completing the Treble Treble at the end of the 2018/19 season.
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the magazine
IF AT FIRST YOU DON'T SUCCEED...
Jodie Bartle was delighted to score her first goal for Celtic, a week after her derby strike was controversially disallowed
Celtic legend was a supporter first, last and always
Christopher Jullien was a frustrated spectator as he recovered from injury, but now that he’s back, he’s determined to play his part along with his team-mates to get back to winning ways
ON THIS DAY
HISTORY OF PLAYERS
KEEP THE FAITH
Manager knows hard work can and will deliver an upturn in fortunes for his Celtic side
THE LAST WORD
NEXT week the Christmas edition of the Celtic View will be out, which means this will be the last column I write in 2020.
FOUNDATION CHRISTMAS APPEAL SPOTLIGHT: THE INVISIBLES
WE continue our spotlight series on the organisations we hope to support through this year’s Celtic FC Foundation Christmas Appeal, with a closer look at the work of The Invisibles, a Glasgow-based voluntary organisation, which aims to provide comfort to those living on the city’s streets.
LIVING THE DREAM
Danny Crainie was proud to wear the Hoops and he continues to back the team as a supporter
EVERYONE IS HURTING AT THE RUN WE'RE ON
IT was a disconsolate home dressing room at Celtic on Sunday, as the team reflected on their first domestic cup defeat in over four years.
9 from NINE
The View wants YOUR views on the Hoops’ remarkable decade of dominance
Tips and tricks to make an Insta-worthy brunch at home.
THE GREAT ATLANTIC GETAWAY
THERE MAY BE NO BETTER TIME TO PRESS PAUSE AND GO SAILING. ELAINE BUNTING MEETS TRANSATLANTIC CREWS DOING JUST THAT
KAYEE C: PERFECT BALANCE BETWEEN PHYSICAL CONSTRAINTS AND CREATIVE EXCITEMENT
Kayee is a fine art photographer born and raised in Hong Kong before relocating to France a decade ago. She uses self-portrait and digital composite techniques to create storytelling images to explore the dynamics of relationships on different levels. Her works can be a humorous, dramatic, or melancholic staging of a variety of human interactions.
The Guillotine Mystique
THE FRENCH REVOLUTION HAS LONG INSPIRED PROGRESSIVE RADICALS READY FOR CHANGE AT ANY COST.
FRENCH COURT: GOOGLE MUST OPEN PAYMENT TALKS WITH PUBLISHERS
A French appeals court upheld an order for Google to open negotiations with French publishers over payments to use their news content.
NOBEL PRIZES AND COVID-19: SLOW, BASIC SCIENCE MAY PAY OFF
While the world wants flashy quick fixes for everything, especially massive threats like the coronavirus and global warming, next week’s Nobel Prizes remind us that in science, slow and steady pays off.
Classic Upland Guns
The Fowling Piece: Isaac Hollis & Sons London, Muzzle-Loading Sporting Percussion Shotgun
Sharing the story behind his latest exhibition in cannes.
School Lunches to Put You at the Head of the Class
A lesson in creating successful companies that care
The COVID-19 pandemic is highlighting how altruistic businesses adapt, remain flexible, and survive.