Interim Celtic boss Neil Lennon has disclosed that one of the incentives the Hoops have for beating Aberdeen is that the rest of Scottish football wants the club to lose.
The Hoops have won the last seven trophies up for grabs in Scotland, and Lennon has admitted that the other teams must be fed up with it.
“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 if you want to call it that, to keep prevailing and keep coming through these really stiff tests” he told Football Scotland.
Lennon’s comments will be warmly received by the Celtic support. The Hoops boss seems to be adopting a siege mentality ahead of the game, and that could be a good thing.
It shows that Celtic are out to keeping winning, and don’t care if the fans of other clubs are sick of it. Indeed, Lennon could use that as motivation in the dressing room before the game.
Lennon’s message certainly seems to be encouraging. He knows that the game could be extremely tough, and is already preparing his players for it.
Could that be an advantage should the game go to extra time? It’s too early to say. But Lennon looks set to send his team out on to the pitch with the correct message in their ears.