Celtic didn’t play that well in Wednesday night’s 2-1 win over Hamilton. The most important thing of course is that the team picked up the three points, but it needed an injury time Scott Brown goal to do that.
Celtic boss Neil Lennon seems to have recognised that, as after the game he vowed that the Hoops will perform much better in Sunday’s Betfred Cup Final against Rangers.
“You will see a different team”
“You will see a different team on Sunday, physically and mentally. No question of that. It’s just natural going into a Final of this significance and magnitude” Lennon said, as reported by the Daily Record.
Lennon’s comments will make good reading for the Celtic support already on a high from the dramatic win over Hamilton.
It shows that the Hoops boss expects more from his side, even when they are on an 11 game winning streak. That is good man-management from the Celtic boss.
Victory when playing poorly is good sign for season
Some Celtic players might have been slightly guilty of looking ahead to the final during the Hamilton game. That is understandable, as it is a huge game in the context of the season. However, the fact that the team were able to get their act together and win the three points when not playing well is a good sign for the rest of the season.
Lennon will no doubt spend the next few days telling his team how important the Betfred Cup Final is to the side. It is vital for a number of reasons, not least that it would be a win over Celtic’s bitter rivals, the first since 2009.
Only one of the current Celtic side has played in cup final win over Rangers – Scott Brown. He can play a key role in telling his team-mates what needs to be done to win the game. Celtic might not have played well against Hamilton. Judging by Lennon’s comments it will be a different story in the cup final.