Scottish Football - Cup exit hurts Celtic boss Lennon

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has tipped Aberdeen to be a force in the latter stages of the Scottish Cup but he was disappointed with his players' performance and their desire in the defeat to the Dons.

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Scottish Football - Cup exit hurts Celtic boss Lennon

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A coin was thrown at Neil Lennon when he attended the Aberdeen game

The holders were knocked out in the fifth round on Saturday when goals from Russell Anderson and Peter Pawlett overturned the lead given to Lennon's team by Anthony Stokes' early strike.

"It will take a good team to beat them if they play like that," the Celtic manager said. "They played with good energy and were very committed. And they looked the hungrier team at times and that's something I can't say about my team over the course of the season.

"We have to show a bit of character now and take the criticism, we all do, myself, the players, and finish the season really well."

Lennon added: "We were desperate to defend the trophy and I want more from my players.

"It's in the club's DNA. We are built to win trophies and this was another one I wanted to win.

"We showed footage of last year's cup final and how much it meant to everyone associated with the club to win the cup. But it seems to have gone in one ear and out the other."

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