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Lennon determined to end Cup heartache, reflection on season so far: Celtic morning news

Celtic manager Neil Lennon is determined to end any League Cup heartache this season and has vowed to pick a strong side in their clash against Morton tomorrow night.

The Hoops boss has admitted he would like to make changes to freshen up the squad but says he won’t be going overboard for the clash at Parkhead.

He said: “This is the one domestic trophy I have not won during my tenure here as manager. And it’s one I would like to win.

“Morton will come here and enjoy the night out and have a go. We have to make sure there is no upset and keep the momentum going because there is a bit building here.”

In the league, Celtic joined Inverness at the top of the table on 16 points after a 2-1 home win over St Johnstone at Celtic Park on Saturday. Celtic also have a game in hand on Inverness. 

Goals courtesy of Teemu Pukki and Charlie Mulgrew were enough to give Celtic a 2-0 lead before Liam Caddis pulled one back for St Johnstone to make it a nervy finish but the Hoops managed to hold on.

Mulgrew said he hopes that the new players at Celtic can raise the intensity and know what is required of them, and praised Teemu Pukki.

He said: “If they didn’t know already, the some of the new boys might now have their eyes opened up to the expectations at Celtic and just what British football is all about.

“You’ve got to win the battle and earn your right to play football.

“It was a good first start for Teemu. It was a great finish for the opener. He’s a good player.”

Neil Lennon also took some time to reflect on the season so far having already played 13 competitive fixtures so far this term.

He said: “It is very pleasing to be back level with Inverness, with a game in hand. We are now the only unbeaten team in the league this season, and that shows good consistency.

“The stalwarts of this squad are playing very well. But, what pleases me most is to discover we are five points better off than this time last season.”

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