The pressure on Neil Lennon intensifies in the Celtic and Rangers Scottish League Cup final.
The Ibrox side’s victory in the semis over Hearts booked their place at Hampden with their bitter rivals. A rare Glasgow final these days takes place at Hampden next month with the Hoops eyeing a 10th consecutive cup.
Whoever wins the final is setting down a potential marker for where the league title could end up.
Neil Lennon must get Celtic and Rangers final right
The Irishman has played and managed in so many pressured games during his time with Celtic.
He’s beaten European champions, won leagues, trebles, derby matches – the lot. However, right up there will be this coming final against Steven Gerrard’s on-form Rangers side.
Both sides have barely blinked domestically and are having a stormer in Europe at present.
Gerrard is up north to win trophies and this is his first real chance to take over Celtic. This is a biggie for the Hoops too as it will be their 10th consecutive trophy with a victory.
To lose this one will give the Gers their first major trophy in many years and write Gerrard and his side’s name in their club’s history books. The potential backlash from the Hoops faithful should be enough to ensure Lennon gets it right.
Scottish League Cup final is potential 10-in-a-row decider
Not only will this be Celtic’s 10-in-a-row with domestic cups, but it could also determine where the league is going.
The League Cup is looked at as an indication as to which team will handle the pressure for the rest of the season.
The Celts are eyeing nine-in-a-row this season with a league win. However, Rangers winning the League Cup will put them firmly in the driver’s seat to take the Premiership title too.
Once nine-in-a-row is gone, 10 follows with it and everyone will be back to square one in Hoops. This game is massive for Celtic and Lennon, let’s hope everything goes alright on the night.