Former Hearts manager Craig Levein believes that Celtic will be too mentally weak for his former side when they face off in the Scottish Cup final, which would come as another huge blow to Neil Lennon’s chances of keeping his job.
Levein not confident for Lennon
It’s a case of deja vu as both sides will meet for the second successive season to win the world’s oldest football trophy.
Bhoys boss Lennon has come under intense scrutiny this season after falling behind arch-rivals Rangers in the Scottish Premiership table and being knocked out of the Europa League during the Group Stage.
This has led to segments of the Parkhead faithful unveiling banners for Dermot Desmond and Peter Lawwell to “save the 10” and sack the Irish tactician.
With this in mind, Levein feels that his former side will have the edge over the Glasgow giants.
“I’m not so sure if Celtic are over this fragile period,” he said (cited by Daily Record).
“I think if Hearts can get in front in the match or if the match goes any length of time without a goal and it becomes a bit nervous, then I think the way the Hearts players are feeling just now is probably a fair bit better than the way the Celtic players are feeling just now.
“If it’s a tight game and goes the distance then I think nerves may play a part with some of the Celtic players.
“Hearts are firing on cylinders and really have the bit between their teeth at the moment.”
Transfer Tavern Verdict
Confidence in the Hoops’ outfit could indeed play a part in proceedings on Sunday, but might not be the pendulum swinger.
Lennon’s side have got themselves wins against Kilmarnock and Lille in recent weeks, which could be the sign of a gradual turning tide in their fortunes.
The only way we will find out is when the game comes around on Sunday. A win at Hampden Park could revitalise their pursuit to secure 10-in-a-row.
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