Monday, 10th February, 2014

A livid Celtic boss Neil Lennon has demanded an urgent response from his side after their near-flawless run in Scotland was ended by Aberdeen.

The Hoops were on a 12-match winning streak in all competitions – they are unbeaten in the league – amid another tilt at the double.

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However, the 2-1 Scottish Cup defeat to Aberdeen means they can only count on retaining the league title for a successful season.

Lennon was left to rue a "flat" Celtic side on Saturday, and wants a different attitude when St Johnstone visit on Saturday.


"We have to show a bit of character now," Lennon told the club website. "We have to take the criticism, we all do – myself, the players, and finish the season really well with a view going into next season.

"We were desperate to defend the trophy. We worked very hard this week on preparing the team and then we got as poor a performance as that. It happens in football, it´s a cup-tie, but I want more from my players – I demand more and I should get more.

"It's very difficult to single out any player for any credit – [goalscorer Anthony] Stokes possibly and James [Forrest], who provided a bit of spark. The rest of the team were very flat.

"[Aberdeen] looked the hungrier team at times which is something I can´t say about my team over the course of this season. That's the most disappointing thing."

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