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LENNON KEEPS HIS FOCUS

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NEIL LENNON insists tomorrow’s Scottish Cup Final against Hearts is all about the Celtic players – and NOT him.

Speculation abounds about the identity of the new full-time Hoops boss, but the Irishman, in his second stint in the Parkhead dug-out, is refusing to get involved in the name game.

Rafa Benitez, Davie Moyes, Jose Mourinho, Roberto Martinez and Michael O’Neill have all been mentioned among many others as successors to the post.

Lennon took over in an interim capacity in February following the swift exit of Brendan Rodger to Leicester City.

As he prepared his team for the showpiece showdown at Hampden where the club can claim an unprecedented treble treble, the Irishman remained focused on the job at hand.

Lennon, speaking to the BBC, said: “It’s about the players who are on the cusp of something very special.

“It’s nothing to do with my future. This game is about them and what they can achieve. First of all, winning a trophy, which is important – then what comes after that.”

Since replacing Rodgers, Lennon helped guided the club an eighth successive crown and led them to a third consecutive Scottish Cup Final.

The Hoops have not conceded a goal in this season’s national competition and are undefeated in TWENTY-SIX domestic Cup-ties.

Lennon, 47, added: “You can’t take it for granted. I’m just wary of everyone talking about treble trebles and bus parades and blah, blah, blah.

“We’ve got to play the game and not the occasion and that’s the message we’ll be hammering home to the players for the next two days.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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