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LISBON LION LENNOX – THE LEAGUE CUP INSPIRATION

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IF Moussa Dembele, Leigh Griffiths or any other Celtic forward is seeking inspiration in the Betfred Final on Sunday they only have to look towards Bobby Lennox.

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The Lisbon Lion is the all-time Hoops highest scorer in the League Cup with a sensational haul of 63 goals.

Lennox – known as The Buzzbomb because of his electrifying pace – once scored five goals in a 10-0 annihilation of Hamilton Accies in a League Cup quarter-final success at Parkhead in September 1968.

Remarkably, Stevie Chalmers netted the other five that memorable evening.

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Two years earlier, Lennox fired in the only goal of the Cup Final against Rangers in front of a crowd of 94,532 at Hampden.

Twelve months on from that win, he scored in the 5-3 triumph over Dundee on October 1967. Chalmers, with two, John Hughes and Willie Wallace got the others.

On April 5, 1969, Lennox thumped in a hat-trick as the Hoops hammered Hibs 6-2 in a rip-roaring silverware showpiece finale.

Wallace, Bertie Auld and Jim Craig joined in the goal spree.

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Lennox, now 74, won five League Cup medals during his phenomenal trophy-laden career with the Parkhead side.

He also lifted 11 Championships – including the historic nine in a row under Jock Stein – eight Scottish Cups and, of course, the European Cup in 1967.

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