Hibernian defender Paul Hanlon is confident ahead of his side’s meeting with Celtic in the Scottish Cup on Saturday.

The game has been given extra significance, as a one time manager is returning. Former Hibs boss Neil Lennon will be returning to Easter Road as interim Celtic manager.

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Hanlon thinks that could be a bonus for Hibs. They will be well aware of any tricks Lennon has up his sleeve.

“There’s no doubt Neil knows us inside out and that’s something we’ll have to deal with” he told the Edinburgh Evening News.

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“But it can work both ways, we know how he likes to set his team up, what he’s looking for in certain situations such as set-pieces and that sort of thing and how he can look to change things within a game.”

As Hanlon says, it will be a very interesting game for both sides. Lennon knows most of the Hibernian team very well. It remains to be seen if he can use that to his advantage.

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Lennon was in charge of Hibs when the teams met at Easter Road in December, and he masterminded a 2-0 win for the Edinburgh club.

He will be hoping for a different outcome this time, but Hibs will be confident of reaching the semi-final. They are in a good run of form under Paul Heckingbottom. It promises to be a cup cracker, and both sides will be confident of progressing.

 

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