Celtic boss Neil Lennon during his press conference sent a defiant message about the Scottish League Cup final ahead of Sunday’s match.
Celtic and cross-town rivals Rangers are set to face off in Hampden Park on Sunday in the season’s first chance to earn some hardware. The Hoops have been on a roll lately with a win against French-side Rennes in the Europa League, and then followed by Scottish Premiership wins against Ross County and Hamilton.
The win against Hamilton Academics was a crazy one in which captain Scott Brown finished off the Accies in the 90+2′ with a last-minute goal. The win has given the Hoops extra momentum heading into the Scottish League Cup final.
Rangers on the other hand have done well in the Europa League, but have been nowhere near as dominant as the Hoops in their group. Furthermore, Rangers dropped two points against Aberdeen during a draw on Wednesday.
However, the ability and talent of Rangers has not been lost on Celtic boss Neil Lennon. During his weekly press conference, Neil Lennon gave some respect to Rangers while also issuing a defiant message to his cross-town rivals:
While Neil Lennon is trying to take this game in “isolation” he has to do anything but. Rangers, and the Scottish League Cup final are not just any other opponent, or any other match. The Scottish League Cup provides Neil Lennon his first real opportunity at adding a trophy to his case this season.
The success of the club could be measured with their success in Europe, but in reality it is measured in domestic wins, and more specifically against Old Firm rivals Rangers. Neil Lennon knows this, as does the rest of the squad and the fan base. Sunday will prove to be a defining moment in this club’s season.