Neil Lennon just wasn’t for talking about Sunday’s Betfred Cup final at his press conference earlier today. Despite being asked, on no fewer than five occasions, about the Hampden clash against Rangers, the Northern Irishman stood his ground and reaffirmed that all of his focus is on Hamilton Accies.
The struggling Lanarkshire outfit arrive in Glasgow tomorrow night and it’s clear that match is Lennon’s priority right now. He fielded several questions on our other fixture this week before eventually breaking his silence and branding the questioning “disrespectful”.
“Are we talking about Sunday again?” he asked STV’s Raman Bhardwaj after another question on the Hampden clash. (Official Celtic YouTube)
“What have I told you? I’m here to talk about Hamilton. You’ve got all of Friday when you can ask me anything you want about the cup final, or previous cup finals, or cup finals to come, or team formations.
“It’s disrespectful to the game tomorrow night and the opposition so I’ll cover that all on Friday guys.”
Lennon reminded the press who is in charge
Lennon then stood up from his seat, ending the press conference and letting the journalists know exactly where his priorities lay. It was an excellent response from a manager who has matured greatly in his time away from the club.
Lennon wasn’t angry by any means but he was certainly firm as he let the supporters know that he wouldn’t be taking the Accies game lightly. The league is the priority after all and dropping points tomorrow would be pretty unforgivable against a team who haven’t won in eight matches.
It certainly doesn’t seem like Sunday is even being mentioned in the Celtic dressing room at present. And what good would it do anyway? Focussing on a game five days away, when you have one tomorrow, seems pretty needless and would only serve to distract everyone.
The Hampden showpiece fixture isn’t going anywhere. It will still be four sleeps away by the time the curtain has come down on our clash against Brian Rice’s men. Only then can we turn attention to reminding our rivals of their place in the food chain.