Date: 28th January 2013 at 7:25am
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Neil Lennon newsNeil Lennon has publicly slated his players for the League Cup semi-final defeat from St Mirren and hinted that he may now move into the transfer market.

For the third time running Celtic lost at Hampden with the hoops boss scathing on his side’s display.

While stopping short of the criticisms he made after losing to Ross County at the same venue three years ago Lennon was in no mood to spare any of the egos in his dressing room.

“It was soulless, it lacked intensity, it lacked desire and it lacked will to win,” the Celtic boss stated. “All the attributes this team has shown in the last six to nine months. I don’t know where this performance came from.

“We did not start well, so we changed it after 10-15 minutes and looked better. We hit the bar twice, but that happens. We scored a good goal. We looked a lot more like ourselves when we came out in the second half.”

Hampden is becoming a venue to dread for Celtic fans with Lennon struggling to come to terms with the latest disappointment.

“It seems to be a bogey ground but this is the worst we have played. I could take losing to Kilmarnock in the final and in the semi-final [to Hearts] last year, because the performances were decent.

“But that was awful today, from what I perceive to be top-class players. Maybe I need to look at this week in the window, and change things.”

The transfer window closes on Thursday with only Tom Rogic and loan signing Rami Gershon so far arriving at the club with neither player in yesterday’s squad.

There is likely to be frenzied speculation over the future’s of Gary Hooper and Victor Wanyama with both players on the wanted list of a number of Premiership clubs.

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