Neil Lennon will keep his pre-match team talk for his Celtic players very short prior to today’s Scottish League Cup Final against Rangers at Hampden.
The Hoops are aiming to secure a tenth successive domestic trophy in a massive derby clash that could set the tone for the rest of the season.
It’s a huge occasion for the players, both clubs and both sets of supporters.
Although we obviously won’t learn the contents of Lennon’s message to his players prior to kick-off, he has shared what format it will take, with reporters this weekend.
Players won’t have to endure any long speeches, with the manager feeling a short and sweet approach is best.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he explained: “My words are short because all the prep is done before then. If I talk for 15 minutes the players will forget the first 14 because they’re thinking about a lot of other things.
“It’s important to give them bullet points of what we want. That’s written down for them then I’ll come in with my wee bit then we let them go.
“That’s the way I liked it as a player, although the game has evolved now. The League Cup is one I haven’t won as a manager so it would be great to tick that box, but it’s for the players and fans.”
The occasion speaks for itself
Lennon knows and trusts his players enough not to need massive amounts of managerial motivation prior to a game like this.
Many of these players have been through finals and derbies before, they know what it’s all about and they know what it takes to win.
A day like today is about leaders such as Scott Brown and Callum McGregor stepping to the fore on the pitch, away from the dressing room, and showing leadership in the cauldron of the match itself.
Lennon though is the right man in the dugout for a game like this. He relished these occasions as a player and has plenty of success as a manager too.
Over the years he’s gained the experience to know what his players need and what they don’t need prior to the game. I have full trust he’ll get it spot on this afternoon.