NEIL LENNON has watched his rampant Celtic side score a remarkable SEVENTY-THREE goals this season.

Amazingly, the only time they have fired blanks came in the 2-0 loss to Livingston last month only three days after their Europa League Group E win over Champions League conquerors Cluj where on-loan Southampton forward Mohamed Elyounoussi claimed his first goal for the club in a 2-0 victory.

And the Hoops manager was smiling again at Hampden at the weekend when skipper Scott Brown contributed two second-half strikes in the 5-2 Betfred League Cup semi-final success over Hibs to book a showdown with Rangers at the national stadium on December 8.

Lennon, speaking about his inspirational captain, told the Daily Record: “He scored a couple of really important goals last year. And he’s come up again with two against Hibs.

“And we’re getting goals from everywhere.

“Callum McGregor scored again, which I’m delighted with, because that’s him on five or so for the season.

“Forrest is scoring. Edouard, Elyounoussi, Christie … so it’s the sum of all those parts, really.

“But if Scott is then weighing in with goals, on top of what he already does for the team, I’m delighted with that.”

Lennon will be hoping his team can hit the target again on Thursday night when they face Lazio in a crucial European tie in Rome.

A win in the Italian capital would almost certainly book a spot in the knock-out competition next year.

The Parkhead men are top of their section with seven points which includes victories over the Italians and Romanians and a 1-1 draw with Rennes in France.

RANGERS defender Connor Goldson believes next month’s Betfred League Cup Final against Celtic will be “interesting”.

The former Brighton centre-half, who was rarely troubled by the Hearts forwards in the Ibrox side’s 3-0 semi-final on Sunday, has admitted he is looking forward to the Hampden occasion.

Neil Lennon’s men will be looking for their TENTH successive domestic honour while Steven Gerrard’s outfit have not claimed a major trophy in eight years.

Goldson, 26, speaking to the Evening Times, said: “It feels brilliant to be in a Final. Since I’ve been here, I’ve always wanted to pick up silverware at this club and we’re one step closer than last year.

“An Old Firm Cup Final will be interesting. I was a Liverpool fan growing up, but never went to any Finals and haven’t played in one, either, so it will be a good occasion for myself and my family.

“Both teams will be up for it and want to win the game, but we’ll park that to the back of our heads with two tough fixtures before the international break and more after it. We’re improving and we’ve said all season we’re getting better.

“We’ve had a few iffy moments and bad performances, but overall the first three months of the season couldn’t have gone much better.

“But we need to carry that on and can’t get ahead of ourselves. It’s still so early in the league and we’ve got a Cup Final and in with a chance in the Europa League,  so we need to keep putting in performances and winning games, but the level of our team has improved.”

DAVIE MOYES has confirmed he is not interested in either of the managerial vacancies at Hibs or Hearts.

The Edinburgh sides are looking for replacements for Craig Levein and Paul Heckingbottom who was have been sacked inside the last week.

Moyes, speaking to Sky Sports, killed any speculation when he insisted: “No, neither job would be of any interest to me.

“I wouldn’t say I wouldn’t move back to Scotland. Scotland is my love and Glasgow is where I’m from.

“Hopefully, some day I may well come back, but at the moment it’s not just now.”



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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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