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Lennon’s double double boost

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team2The return of James Forrest and Scott Brown has given Celtic’s double bid a double boost.

Both men have had injury interrupted season’s but played a big part in Celtic’s title party win over St Johnstone.

Neil Lennon is unstinting in his praise for the duo and would love to have them both in action against Hibs at Hampden.

Forrest excelled in an advanced midfield role behind Gary Hooper and Anthony Stokes while Brown combined perfectly with Joe Ledley to dominate the midfield.

With Beram Kayal and Victor Wanyama suspended for the cup final Lennon is delighted to have two key players back in contention to face Hibs.

“Scott looked great,” Lennon admitted. “He’s a dynamic athlete but his technical play has got a lot better in the last few years.

“We saw that out there and the strength of his personality. What Scott brings to the team is important and you miss that a lot when he is not here.

“James is a fantastic player and gives us an extra dimension – he can play anywhere across the pitch and play it so well.

“He gets away from players and his close control under pressure is fantastic. It was an exceptional performance.”

Lennon will assess both players in training this week to see if there is any reaction to their performances against St Johnstone.

After taking some criticism for giving players time off during the course of the season yesterday’s display justified that approach.

Next Sunday Celtic complete their cup final build-up with a difficult trip to Tannadice to face Jackie McNamara’s Dundee United.

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  • OZ CELT aka Davie bhoy says:

    Broony gives us drive and purpose while adding his experience too which this young Celtic team needs,was a bit of a slow burner to begin with but is now vitally important to us

    Wee Forrest gives us pace and drags defenders all over the place with his movement which is excellent at times considering how young he is

    They both add a lot to this team,top team performance yesterday practically passing the leather aff the baw! Great stuff from the hoops

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  • paulybhoy says:

    Just why have the sfa decided to have two extra officials for the cup final one being bobby ibrox shareholder madden penalty for hibs anyone

  • Sweeney Hughes says:

    Just posted on an earlier thread mentioning these two before I read this (honest), I couldn’t agree more.

  • vino says:

    All together now singing…We are doing the huddle as the zombies die…It’s a grand old team to play for…There’s only ONE Neil Lennon..Just after watching the Title again from yesterday. We have won the league again fly the flag,fly the flag…

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