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Wednesday 20 September 2017

Lennon wary of Falkirk threat

NEIL LENNON won't take any chances with Celtic's treble hopes when he leads his side to Hampden Park on Sunday to face Falkirk in the semi-final of the League Cup.

Celtic go into the game on the back of 12 straight SPL wins but face a First Division side that have knocked out Rangers and Dundee United to reach the last four. With Kilmarnock meeting Ayr United tomorrow in the other semi-final, the odds are stacked in Celtic's favour to lift the trophy.

But after his experiences earlier this season, Lennon (pictured right) won't be taking anything for granted.

"All the pressure will be on us but Falkirk have nothing to lose," he said. "But our players are used to that.

"Semis are difficult games because you're so close to getting to the final. We had a good time at Hampden last season, winning two semi-finals.

"Falkirk are unbeaten in eight games and have put Rangers and Dundee United out of this competition and will be looking at creating another upset. We have to make sure that we do things right on the day and are as professional as we can be.

"Our players are hungry, they lost the final last season and that's a motivation to go one better this year."

Defenders Mark Wilson and Daniel Majstorovic are back in full training after injury but are unlikely to play.

With Mohamed Bangura facing another spell on the sidelines, Lennon is anxious to bring in another frontman, and Real Betis's Jorge Molina is thought to be a target.

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