Celtic can rule Scotland for at least FIVE years
GORDON MARSHALL believes Neil Lennon is building a Celtic team capable of dominating Scottish football for the next five years at least.
The former Hoops goalkeeper was at Hampden to help publicise Sunday’s Scottish Communities League Cup final between Celtic and another of his former clubs, Kilmarnock.
The Parkhead men are 21 points clear of Rangers at the top of the SPL.
Lennon’s men kept on course for the treble with a 4-0 win over Dundee United in the Scottish Cup quarter-final at Tannadice on Sunday, which brought back memories for Marshall.
In the 2001 League Cup final at Hampden, he was playing for Killie when Henrik Larsson scored a second-half hat-trick to land Martin O’neill’s first trophy in the Irishman’s debut season.
The Motherwell goalkeeping coach made favourable comparisons between O’neill’s side and the one Lennon will take to Hampden.
He said: “Celtic have young players, a team that could be there for the next five years – which is a hell of a thought for all the other teams who are trying to play catch-up.
“I was looking at the Celtic side of 11 years ago, a side they were building under Martin O’neill, and I think they are doing the exact same under Neil Lennon.
“Celtic have got to be favourites on Sunday, they are playing very well and are in good form.
“Obviously, the league looks as if it is going to take care of itself, so they have to go for the two cups to get the clean sweep.”
TREBLE TARGET: Lennon