NEIL LENNON has revealed he used the Ibrox blueprint in how NOT to play against Celtic as he prepared his Hibs team for the game at Easter Road at the weekend.

The former Hoops boss masterminded a 2-1 win over the champions by ordering his players to do everything Greame Murty’s side failed to achieve in their 4-0 Scottish Cup semi-final thumping the previous week.

Lennon said: “I’m not going to criticise other teams, but it was something that was a feature of our preparation.

“When you play Celtic, if you stand off them, I’ll always go back to the Barcelona game, if you mark space you’re knackered.

“You have to mark men, especially against these guys. If you drop off they change runs and cut you to ribbons. We asked them to go man for man. We even left Efe Ambrose with Leigh Griffiths one on one.

“We gambled a bit and it worked. On another day, someone could slip and they are in.

“In the 2-2 draw in December, we were far too passive and let Celtic dominate the ball for far too long. We didn’t want to let that happen again.”

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