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08 February 2020 10:43

“We just didn’t turn up and Clyde were very motivated and deserved to win the game.

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Celtic boss Neil Lennon forced to relive pain of Clyde defeat

Celtic's fifth-round trip to Clyde in the Scottish Cup tomorrow inevitably takes place amid a nostalgic narrative from the Cumbernauld club's perspective as their shock 2-1 win over the Scottish champions back in 2006 is widely recalled. Celtic manager Lennon was at the heart of his club's midfield on that previous visit to Broadwood, alongside a high-profile debutant by the name of Roy Keane. It was an afternoon when Clyde tore up the script in front of a UK-wide media pack who had turned up in North Lanarkshire expecting to see the former Manchester United captain make a serene start to his time at Celtic. "When you lose games like that, your subconscience tries to block it out," he said. Clyde were very motivated and deserved to win the game.

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"There was a lot of hype about the game in the build-up, with Roy making his debut for Celtic. "Things just didn't work out that day, although that wasn't the fault of Roy and me. Us playing together at Celtic turned out all right in the end, if you know what I mean. But we just didn't play at all well as a team that day. We even had a meeting back at Celtic Park afterwards and a few things were said.

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While Lennon is confident Celtic won't suffer the same fate against Danny Lennon's League 1 underdogs this weekend, he will be wary when it comes to his team selection as he looks to rotate his squad during their current busy run of fixtures. "We don't want to take any chances but there are a couple of players wanting to play, itching to play, so we will think it over," he said. I might bring it up before kick-off, but the way we are playing and with the confidence we are showing, I don't think it's really necessary. I lost against Morton in the League Cup during my first spell as manager and that was a sore one to take. It's not a foregone conclusion but we are playing well and we want to keep that momentum going.

"There was a huge motivation for Clyde that day 14 years ago and I'm sure it'll be the same this weekend. I thought we played ever so well at Motherwell on Wednesday night, so that in itself will bring confidence to the group. NEIL LENNON needn't think too long and hard for a cautionary tale to present to his Celtic players about the dangers of their Scottish Cup tie at Clyde tomorrow should he need one, try as he has to forget it. That fateful day at Broadwood back in 2006, when Roy Keane and, erm, Du Wei made their Celtic debuts and Gordon Strachan's side were deservedly dumped out of the competition, is seared across his memory. That was a sore one," Lennon said, as he tries to ensure that his own Celtic side don't succumb to the same pitfalls that befell the class of '06. "We just didn't turn up and Clyde were very motivated and deserved to win the game. There was a lot of hype about the game with Roy Keane making his debut. "It's not a foregone conclusion but we are playing well, and we want to keep that momentum going. "There was a huge motivation for them that day and I'm sure it'll be the same this weekend. We don't want to take any chances but there are a couple of players wanting to play, itching to play, so we will think about it over the next few days. "I've not mentioned that game to the players. I might bring it up but the way we are playing with the confidence we are showing I don't think it's really necessary. The tweaks to his line-up that Lennon mentions may be necessary to rest tired limbs ahead of yet another midweek Premiership card and a clash against Hearts at Celtic Park, but will also afford him the opportunity perhaps to take a more thorough look at his January arrivals, Patryk Klimala and Ismaila Soro, in a competitive fixture. "We just have to pick a decent team and go there and win," he said. "We have a depth of squad now which is good because we've had a long, long injury list. I thought we played ever so well on Wednesday night, so that in itself will bring confidence to the group. The better he gets, Lennon knows the more that speculation will intensify over his future at Celtic, with a host of big clubs sure to be keeping tabs on the forward. He's just in a good place and is playing brilliant football. "My first game was against Clyde, away, in the third round of the Scottish Cup. We were beaten 2-1. So were Patryk Klimala and Ismaila Soro, who is in line to make his debut tomorrow. When Celtic roll back into Cumbernauld to play Clyde in the Scottish Cup again — the first game between the clubs since

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