Lennon wary of another cup shock

21 September 2010 05:30

Celtic boss Neil Lennon is keen to avoid another cup upset at the hands of Inverness.

In February 2000, the Hoops infamously lost 3-1 at home in a Scottish Cup third-round tie to Caley, then a First Division club, to signal the end of John Barnes' reign at Celtic Park. In March 2003, Lennon was also in the Celtic team which lost 1-0 at Inverness in the same competition.

And ahead of Wednesday's home Co-operative Insurance Cup third-round tie against Terry Butcher's side, the Parkhead boss said: "Obviously they have history with us, they had a great result 10 years ago and they turned us over in 2003. It's obviously a different set of circumstances with a different set of players but Inverness will come and have a go."

He added: "I am just pleased it's a home tie. I won't be diluting the team too much, I will be putting out a pretty strong team.

"There's a few carrying bumps and bruises and some players need some game time but that's not taking Inverness lightly, the players coming in are quality players and we will have a strong team."

Source: PA