Motherwell - Celtic Preview: Neil Lennon in search of first trophy as Hoops boss

Bhoys manager continues to look for his first piece of silverware in charge of the Parkhead side after losing the league title to Rangers on the last game of the season

PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Motherwell (4-4-2): Randolph; Hateley, Hutchinson, Craigan, Hammell; Humphrey, Jennings, Lasley, Murphy; Sutton, Jeffers.


After making several changes for last Sunday’s league game between the two sides, Motherwell manager Stuart McCall will welcome back all of his first team regulars, who he has been leaving out of the starting-up since they defeated St Johnstone in the semi-final.

McCall will be hoping that the final isn’t a repeat of last week’s fixture where they lost by four goals to the Parkhead side.

Celtic (4-4-2): Forster; Wilson, Majstorovic, Loovens, Izaguirre; Commons, Brown, Ki, Mulgrew; Samaras, Hooper.



Celtic manager Neil Lennon is able to welcome back prolific midfielder Kris Commons, after the Scotland international was forced to sit out the victory over Motherwell due to suspension. Lennon may also hand a late fitness test to Joe Ledley, with the former Cardiff midfielder missing out since the semi-final triumph over Aberdeen.

The Parkhead side will still be without influential midfielder Beram Kayal, who fractured his wrist in the Hoops' defeat against Inverness Caledonian Thistle, while Anthony Stokes is also set to miss out, having been dropped from the squad last week due to an internal disciplinary action.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • Motherwell are looking to claim the Scottish Cup for the first time in 20 years, when they defeated Dundee United 4-3 after extra time.
  • The Fir Park side claimed a place in the Scottish Cup final after victories over Dundee, Stranraer, Dundee United and St Johnstone.
  • Striker John Sutton needs one more goal to become Motherwell’s top goalscorer this season, with the Englishman being tied on 10 goals with Nick Blackman, who left the Lanarkshire side in January to join Aberdeen.
  • A victory over Motherwell would give Celtic manager Neil Lennon his first trophy in charge of the Parkhead side after taking over from Tony Mowbray at the end of last season.
  • One more goal for striker Gary Hooper (pictured right) will see the Celtic striker join former Rangers frontman Kenny Miller on 21 goals for the season, in all competitions.
  • Celtic got into the Hampden showpiece by recording victories over Berwick Rangers, Rangers, Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Aberdeen.


PLAYERS TO WATCH

Motherwell: Jamie Murphy


The 21-year-old Motherwell youth product is coming off of his man of the match performance against St Johnstone in the semi-final. He also claimed April’s Scottish Premier League young player of the month award and he will be a key figure for Stuart McCall’s side if they are to claim the trophy.

Celtic: Emilio Izaguirre


The Celtic full-back has claimed a string of awards for his performances after joining the Parkhead side from Club Deportivo Motagua in his homeland of Honduras last August. He will be looking to use the width of Hampden Park to help his side to the trophy. Since arriving he has lit up Scottish football and been linked with moves away from Glasgow.

  PREDICTION

With Motherwell resting many of their key players since their semi-final victory over St Johnstone, these players are bound to be rusty as a result. And with Celtic having lost the league title on the final day, their players will be looking to give boss Neil Lennon a trophy after he went through one of the hardest season’s ever for a manager.

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