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‘I FEEL SORRY FOR THEM,’ LENNY OPENS UP ON HIS EMOTIONS FOR PLAYERS

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NEIL LENNON has repeated Celtic’s desire to play the remaining games of the season and complete the campaign in unprecedented fashion by winning the phenomenal quadruple treble.

The champions were 13 points ahead with only eight games to play as they zeroed in on their ninth successive title.

The Hoops were due to face Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup semi-final on Easter Sunday – with Edinburgh duo Hibs and Hearts squaring up in the other last-four encounter the previous day – and, of course, a goal from Chistopher Jullien against Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox outfit had already taken the Betfred League Cup to the Parkhead trophy room in December.

Theoretically, the team were five league wins away from the championship and two away from the Scottish Cup to bring down the curtain on another historic term before the coronavirus pandemic forced the game into lockdown.

Boss Lennon, speaking to Celtic TV, said: “Everyone at the club – the players, myself, my backroom staff, the fans – want to play the games. Whether that can be achieved or not, that’s another thing.

“It feels like an age away since we played our last game against St Mirren at home, so in terms of keeping the players motivated, keeping them occupied, their own self-motivation is still very, very strong.

“The only thing they’re asking me is when can they get back to training as a group and when can we all start back again, but, obviously, no-one has an answer to that at the minute.”

Lennon added: “The players are the ones who’ve lost out the most in terms of the opportunity to play in front of the supporters.

“We’re going for nine-in-a-row and a quadruple treble and I feel sorry for them at this stage, in a footballing sense.

“Hopefully, at some stage it can be started up again, but, if not, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens and the outcomes of what that is going to be.”

 
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