NEIL LENNON is refusiing to rule out Scott Brown from leading the Celtic players onto Hampden pitch for the Scottish Cup Final against Hearts on Sunday.

The Hoops skipper has watched his team-mates in the last two games from the Parkhead stand as they have turned around the fortunes of the club after a woeful run of only two wins in 12 outings.

Lennon has put together a new-look midfield with Ismaila Soro and David Turnbull taking the spotlight in the 3-2 Europa League Group H success over Lille and the 2-0 victory over Kilmarnock in the Premiership.

However, as the Irishman earlier hinted, there could still be a place in his starting line-up for the 35-year-old against the Tynecastle outfit, as CQN reported at the start of the week.

Lennon is clearly a fan of the powerhouse and rates him a club icon and he told the Scottish Sun: “Scott has been fantastic and he is quite a unique individual.

“He has carried the dressing-room for a long, long time – through thick and thin.

“Even being left out of the team, his attitude has been magnificent. He still tries to galvanise everyone.

“At the end of the day, he is an icon at the club – a modern-day great. And he may have a chance of starting on Sunday!

“I have been there when you start to come to the end of your career. It’s tough.

“You want to hang in there and he still has plenty to offer on and off the field, there is no question of that.”

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