Neil Lennon has made a promise to Celtic fans heading into Sunday’s League Cup final against Steven Gerrard’s Rangers at Hampden Park.
The first trophy of the Scottish season will be decided in a few days time when Scotland’s biggest rivals biggest rivals face each other in the League Cup final at Hampden Park. Both Celtic and Rangers have started the season in brilliant form and currently occupy the first and second position in the Scottish Premiership table, respectively. As a result, it is expected to be a close affair on Sunday.
Interestingly, both teams struggled last night in their respective Premiership games. While Celtic had to rely on an injury time winner from Scott Brown to edge out Hamilton Academical 2-1 at home, Rangers could only manage a 2-2 draw away at Aberdeen. As a result, Celtic now sit two points clear at the top of the league table.
While three points might be three points, there was still a lot to be desired from the performance vs Hamilton. There was not much urgency in the team as the upcoming final must have also played a part in the performance. Fans could not have been blamed for losing hope when Hamilton equalised in the 90th minute, only for captain Scott Brown to snatch a win from the jaws of a draw with a brilliant winner deep into added time.
But naturally, Neil Lennon was not very happy with the performance of his team heading into the final and promised the fans that there would be a noticeable improvement on Sunday when they take on their famed rivals. As reported by The Scottish Sun, in his post-match conference the Celtic manager said:
“It’s a huge psychological lift. We will be vibrant and strong going into the final.
“I didn’t enjoy the game but you will see a different team at Hampden – physically and mentally.
“It’s the psychology of sport – people are asking about the cup final and subconsciously that was playing on their minds.”
Celtic would certainly need more on Sunday if they are to win the Cup on Sunday. While Steven Gerrard’s men stumbled against Aberdeen, we are all aware of the fact that they are capable of playing some brilliant football on their day.
Thankfully, a number of injured Celtic stars are expected to be back before the big game. There is still no word on the fitness of Odsonne Edouard though which must leave Celtic fans anxious heading into Sunday’s final.