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LENNY WELCOMES CUP DRAW

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NEIL LENNON is looking forward to a Betfred League Cup semi-final confrontation with his former club Hibs early in November.

The holders booked their place in the last four of the competition with an impressive 5-0 romp against Championship outfit Partick Thistle at Parkhead last night.

Vakoun Issouf Bayo claimed his first goal for the club since his January move to the champions while Olivier Ntcham notched a double – one a screamer into Scott Fox’s top right-hand corner – and comeback Bhoy Tom Rogic and substitute Scott Sinclair, making a rare first-team appearance, hit the other two.

While the Celts were in cruise control in the east end of Glasgow, Paul Heckinbottom’s Easter Road outfit were toiling against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.

A tense encounter ended goalless after extra-time and the Edinburgh men won through 5-4 on penalty-kicks.

Lennon, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “You always want to avoid the better teams, if you want to call it that. But it’s too early in the season to say that.

“By the time the semi-final comes around, the team you play could be on a great run.

“But we are in a good position, playing with freedom and looking fit.

“It’s a nice feeling to see your name in the semi-final draw. I know we are so accustomed to it, but it’s another cracking game to look forward to.

“No matter who we got, it would have been a good team with the quality left in the draw. We know Hibs will give us a good game on Saturday, too.”

The Hoops travel to Edinburgh for the 12.30pm kick-off hoping to extend their 100 per cent league record as they zero in on nine in a row.

 
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