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‘HIBS PLAYERS HAVE NO FEAR,’ NEIL LENNON

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HIBS boss Neil Lennon insists his players will have no fear when they take on Hearts at Tynecastle in the Scottish Cup on Sunday.

The holders will return to the ground where they mounted a stunning comeback from two goals down with 10 minutes remaining last season to force a replay.

Hibs, then managed by Alan Stubbs, won the second game, of course, before going on to lift the trophy for the first time in 114 years.

Age-old foes Hearts will start the tie as favourites after the recent revival under Head Coach Ian Cathro that saw Rangers walloped 4-1 in the capital and Motherwell turned over 3-0 at Fir Park.

Lennon, however, is adamant his team have no intention of releasing their grip on the silverware.

He said: “Any trophy, when you have won it, you want to defend it the best you can and it is no different for us.

“It was a tremendous bit of history for the club and the players. That’s gone, but you want to keep the trophy because I’m sure it’s given them and the supporters memories they will never forget. And you always want more of that.”

The Irishman added: “We go into the game as underdogs. We are playing in a lower league and have done for the last couple of seasons – but we have nothing to lose and nothing to fear.

”There’s the experience gained from last year, good experience in our squad as well as quality. The formbook goes out the window – it’s all on the day.

“Who can adapt to the game best and who can take their chances when they come along. Hopefully, that will be us.

“It’s going to be raw, intense. but we have players who can handle that occasion.”

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