Watch: Neil Lennon Blasts His Players After Cup Semi-Final Defeat

Watch: Neil Lennon Blasts His Players After Cup Semi-Final Defeat

There'll be no Sunshine on Leith at Hampden Park this year, as Hibs have been knocked out at the semi-final stage of the Scottish Cup. Champions last year, semi-finalists this time around: the lost a thrilling clash with Aberdeen by the odd goal in five. Hibs were probably the better team, but gave away sloppy goals: Adam Rooney was given an opener in the twelfth second of the game, and Hibs then fell 2-0 down to a Ryan Christie free-kick on which the Hibs 'keeper should have done much better.

Hibs battled back: Grant Holt - brought on as a substitute by Neil Lennon after 34 minutes - pulled a goal back, and Hibs equalised on the hour mark. But six minutes from the end, a McGregor own-goal gave Aberdeen the win.

After the game, Neil Lennon was in no mood for platitudes, and was extremely critical of his players, branding their performance as "rubbish" and "pathetic", saying that the "gallant losers" tag won't wash with him.

He said his tactics went out the window as a result of the poor individual errors, although Lennon did praise the fact that the substitution of Holt and the impact that it made on the game. Much of the interview consisted of how the players let him down, which might not go down well in the dressing room. He did dress it up as some of his players not meeting his high standards.

Watch it below.


Neil Lennon Interview

Cup disappointment for Lennon and Hibs, then. But it is tempered by the fact they'll be back in the Scottish Premiership next season, so the season's main objective has been ticked off. Lennon might be dipping into the transfer market before next season, however.

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