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NEIL Len­non has warned Hibs he will not stand for any more ex­cuses if they fail to live up to their impressive Celtic Park dis­play.

The Leith side came close to a shock win over Bren­dan Rodgers’ un­de­feated Hoops be­fore the in­ter­na­tional break.

John McGinn’s dou­ble put them in front with 13 min­utes left but Cal­lum Mc­Gre­gor hit back for Celtic to snatch a 2-2 draw.

But that Park­head per­for­mance was just what Len­non was look­ing for and he has told his play­ers he wants them to match that stan­dard ev­ery week.

Speak­ing ahead of Aberdeen’s visit to Easter Road to­mor­row, he said: “The Celtic per­for­mance didn’t sur­prise me and the boys have no ex­cuses now.

“That’s the level they can play at and the qual­ity of per­for­mance they can pro­duce.

“The way they han­dled the game and the cir­cum­stances was ev­ery­thing I wanted and what I knew I could get from the team.

“They now need to main­tain that level and, if they do, we’ll have a great sea­son.

“We have t hree great games com­ing up — Aberdeen, Celtic again in the Bet­fred Cup, then Hearts. Three scream­ers. That can help us get the boys fo­cused.

“It’s a good marker for how good we can be. We’ve al­ready proved our­selves in Glas­gow by beat­ing Rangers and al­most win­ning at Celtic Park.

“So we can play re­ally well against the best.”

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