Neil Lennon drops worrying hint about Celtic’s Cup Final

Neil Lennon’s hint about the team he will pick for the Scottish Cup Final against Hearts next week will leave the Celtic fans worried.

It appears that Celtic have managed to find a bit of form over the last week. They managed to come out with a 3-2 win over Lille in their final Europa League game of this campaign as they have been eliminated from the competition. Then they beat Kilmarnock 2-0 today.

Yes, this is just two wins in a row. But even that is a lot considering the form that the Hoops have been in lately and it is cause for excitement.

The biggest reason for this upturn in form is the introduction of some fringe players into the team, who have performed admirably well over the past two games. Both David Turnbull and Ismaila Soro have been excellent. Conor Hazard has also looked like a calming presence between the sticks.

But Neil Lennon appeared to hint that he could go back to the ‘Old Guard’ at Hampden Park next Sunday. As reported by BBC, he said:

“I think I should show a bit of loyalty to the boys who have been there, done that, got us there.

“It’s an important game to finish off last season and it’s a game we want to win.”

This could probably mean that Turnbull and Soro are dropped in favour of Scott Brown and Ryan Christie. To be very honest, neither of them have looked very good this season. And if Lennon does decide to go that route then it could prove to be a huge mistake on his part and one which could end up costing Celtic their chance at history – no team has ever won the Treble in four straight seasons.

It would be one thing giving minutes to them and a completely different one starting with them. We have seen that happen over and over in the past couple of months, and it just produced 2 wins in 12 games.

Football is a game about the present. Sentimentality is not something that should play a part in the selection for a Cup Final. But it looks like that is exactly what we are going to witness happen next Sunday. It should not be a massive surprise though. After all, sentimentality is one of the biggest reasons why Lennon himself is still Celtic manager.