NEIL LENNON has answered critics who slated the team after Sunday’s 2-0 loss against Rangers.
The Celtic caretaker boss also defended his record as a Hoops player and manager as he prepared his players for Flag Day when Hearts visit Parkhead on Sunday.
And then all eyes are on Hampden the following Saturday as the Hoops face the Tynecastle side again in their quest to complete a remarkable treble treble.
Lennon, of course, took over in an interim capacity when Brendan Rodgers suddenly quit to move to Leicester City in February. The defeat against Steven Gerrard’s outfit was his first in his 12 games in charge as he has guided the club to their eighth successive championship and the grand finale at the national stadium.
THINK ABOUT IT…Neil Lennon has a reply for some fans.
The Irishman, speaking to Sky Sports, said: “There is no evidence to suggest I can’t take the job on.
“I have been here since 2000 and in that time Celtic have won 14 league titles and I have played a part in 10 of them.
“So, I think I know how to win titles here. I think that gets overlooked.
“If we win the Cup, that will be my seventh Cup and any time we lost the league that I have been involved in it was on the last day of the season.”
Lennon also accused the younger element of the champions’ followers of taking silverware for granted.
He said: “I think there is a new breed of supporters, here or elsewhere. Since 20 years ago the only thing they have seen is success.
“They don’t remember the 1990s as the older generation do. I can’t take it for granted, they might. That comes from an immaturity from their point of view.”
Kieran Tierney and James Forrest won’t figure in Lennon’s plans for the Sunday game, but both will be in the reckoning for the Cup Final a week on Saturday.
WonderBhoy Karamoko Dembele, 16, could be included in the first-team squad for the first time.