Lennon uses memory of defeat to inspire his side

Sun, 18 Mar 16:08:52 2012

Neil Lennon wants his players to remember the pain of last year's League Cup final defeat to Rangers as they prepare to take on Kilmarnock in this season's final at Hampden on Sunday.

The Hoops went down 2-1 to their Old Firm rivals in extra-time at the national stadium which prevented them ultimately winning a cup double.

Celtic are strong favourites against Killie to take the first trophy of a possible treble and the Parkhead boss wants his players to use last season's final disappointment as motivation.

"I can use a lot of games to motivate the players, none more so than the cup final this time last year," he said. "I think that will be a motivation itself. But we have our own reasons for winning the cup and hopefully the players will concentrate on that.

"Kilmarnock are a good team and Kenny (Shiels) has done remarkably well given some of the players they lost from last season.

"I thought he might struggle with (former manager) Mixu Paatelainen leaving and the way they finished the season but they haven't at all, they have actually improved. They are in a decent position in the league and they are in a cup final so a lot of credit must go to Kenny and (assistant) Jimmy Nicholl for that."

 

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