NEIL LENNON insists his Championship-winning Hibs team are good enough to retain the Scottish Cup.
The Easter Road men go into Saturday’s semi-final clash with Aberdeen on a high after beating Queen of the South to clinch the title.
Lennon accepts they will start as underdogs at Hampden, but the Edinburgh side’s boss warned the Dons he is confident his players will rise to the challenge.
The Irishman said: “Hibs beat Aberdeen last season in the League Cup.
“They also got the better of Hearts, Inverness Caley Thistle and Dundee United and then beat Rangers in the Scottish Cup Final.
“They showed a lot of character to be 2-1 down and come back and win it, having lost the promotion play-off four or five days before.
“It shows that, the bigger the occasion, the better they are.
“We know it will be tough. Aberdeen have broken a record of home wins and, had they done that last season, they might have won the league.
“They have also improved this season.
“They have already made the League Cup Final and they are clear of Rangers in the league, which is impressive.
“But I love the Scottish Cup and want to get to a Final again because they are very special.”