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Neil Lennon has go at his spoilt kids after losing to St Mirren

St Mirren's Paul McGowan celebrates scoring during the Scottish Communities League Cup, Semi Final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday January 27, 2013. See PA Story SOCCER St Mirren. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY

St Mirren's Paul McGowan celebrates scoring during the Scottish Communities League Cup, Semi Final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday January 27, 2013. See PA Story SOCCER St Mirren. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Neil Lennon accused some of his Celtic players of “behaving like spoiled kids” following their shock 3-2 Scottish Communities League Cup final defeat by St Mirren at Hampden.

Since taking over as Buddies boss in 2010, Danny Lennon had watched his side fail to take a point or even score a goal in their eight previous games against the champions, but on an afternoon of high drama they overcame overwhelming odds to book their place in the March 17 final against Hearts.

And after seeing hopes of a domestic treble ended, Neil Lennon was scathing in his assessment of his side’s performance and their mentality.

“I am bitterly disappointed with that performance,” he said.

“It was soulless, it lacked intensity, desire and will to win, all the attributes this team has shown over the last six to nine months.

“That was an impersonation of a team that I know. There is not one player, maybe with the exception of Hooper, that would get pass marks today.

“There was a lack of discipline in our shape and play.

“I thought we were defensively awful, the decision making was poor and the there was a lack of quality in the final third.

“Some of them behaved like spoiled kids out there.

“The treble is gone, we have only ourselves to blame. The criticism is going to come our way and rightly so. Hampden seems to be a bogey ground, but we were awful.”

 

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