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LENNON WARY OF DONS THREAT

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NEIL LENNON admits Celtic will have to be at their best to navigate their way through a tricky Scottish Cup semi-final against Aberdeen.

The Hoops overcame St Johnstone 1-0 courtesy of a Ryan Christie free-kick goal in Perth yesterday before the last-four ballot paired them with the Dons.

Hearts will play Hiba in the other tie at Hampden – the ties are due for the weekend of April 11/12 – and the Edinburgh sides will have a dress rehearsal when they meet in the Premiership at Easter Road tomorrow night.

The victory at McDiarmid Park was the holders’ 34th successive domestic Cup-tie triumph and Lennon, speaking to STV, said: “Whoever we were going to play whether it be Hearts, Hibs, or Aberdeen, it is going to be tough.

“Hibs are in good form, Hearts had a great win last night against Rangers and Aberdeen are Aberdeen, they can beat anybody on their day.

“The good thing is we are in the semi-final and we have that to look forward to.

“We can park that now. We still have a lot to play for this season.”

Lennon could qualify as the master of the understatement as the champions eyes a ninth consecutive title plus a Scottish Cup win on May 9 that could seal an unprecedented quadruple treble.

They are 12 points ahead in the Premiership with 10 games to play and travel to Livingston on Wednesday on a revenge mission against Gary Holt’s outfit who shocked them 2-0 in Lothian in October.

Ironically, Christie, yesterday’s quarter-final matchwinner, was red-carded against Livi with the score at 0-0.

He might want to settle that personal score in this one.

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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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