Neil Lennon has revealed his only regret from Celtic’s Scottish Cup win over Hearts that saw them secure a historic Quadruple Treble.
It is a feet that will probably never be matched in football. Celtic managed to secure their fourth straight treble, ending an incredible run of winning 12 domestic trophies on the trot. And we already know that they won’t be winning the next one as a result of their elimination from the Scottish League Cup already.
It was not an easy win by any stretch of the imagination though. After cruising into half-time with a 2-0 lead, the Hoops collapsed once again, letting Hearts back into the game. And ultimately, the game ended 3-3 after extra-time. Thankfully, two big saves from Conor Hazard helped them secure the Quadruple Treble.
Neil Lennon also became the first man in Celtic history to win a treble both as a player and a manager. And after all the pressure that he has been under this season, it was good to see him get his moment.
The manager had one big regret from the night though. And it was that the fans weren’t present to celebrate the success. As reported by the Daily Record, he said:
“I couldn’t be more happy. It’s quite unique and we’ll probably never see the likes of this again in our lifetimes.
“It’s just a shame there weren’t people here to witness what was a great Cup Final.
“I said before the game that we were coming up against a very, very good team and it shows just how difficult it is to win trophies. We were pushed all the way by a very good side.
“Bear in mind the weight of expectation and the burden that the players have been under to achieve this accomplishment.
“I can’t believe I’m sitting here talking about a quadruple treble.
“For all the success we had in the late sixties, these guys have won trebles now four seasons in a row. It’s just incredible.”
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The Hoops have clearly missed their fans and it is very possibly a big reason behind their subpar performances this season. Let’s just hope that things are back to normal soon and we can witness the atmosphere of a fully-packed Celtic Park once again.
Until then, the team cannot afford to lose focus though. Every league game from here on will virtually be a final. They just cannot afford to drop any more points going forward. And the team must come out with all three points from Ibrox to make things interesting once again.
Of course, there is a lot of work left to be done. Yes, Lennon is right, this team will be remembered for years to come for all their achievements. But they also need to make sure that they are not remembered as the team that failed to secure 10IAR.