NEIL LENNON has the chance to put Celtic in the final of the Scottish Cup tomorrow at Hampden and while the fans turn up hoping to see their bhoys reach a third consecutive Scottish Cup Final the subplot is still in the back of everybody’s mind.
Neil Lennon knows he isn’t a stick-on to be the next full-time Celtic manager and there would be uncertainty even if he did land the ‘rebel treble’. However, the interim Celtic boss knows that if he doesn’t land the feat the pendulum of a full-time Celtic return will swing away from his grasp.
That’s what makes the semi-final so compelling. Neil Lennon can’t win the Celtic job permanently tomorrow, but he CAN lose it.
Neil spoke in his pre-match press conference about the need for calm heads and some of the results that went against him at Hampden in his first spell. Specifically the failed cup final to Kilmarnock and the 3-2 semi-final to St Mirren. Both games Celtic should have won comfortably but they never took their chances.
The Irishman will be right up for it tomorrow, and Scott Brown will make sure the players give a big performance on the field against an Aberdeen side who want revenge, not just for the league cup final this season but for the two finals Celtic beat them in during Brendan Rodgers first season in charge.
It will be a black mark against Neil Lennon’s reign if he is to lose a cup game so soon after the Brendan Rodgers era where they won them all.
A rebel treble would be fantastic.