Celtic can rule Scot­land for at least FIVE years

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY MARCH 15 - By AN­GUS REID

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.

Catch-up

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

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