Lennon relieved to avoid upset

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Celtic manager Neil Lennon admits he was relieved to avoid another Active Nation Scottish Cup upset after dumping Berwick Rangers out in the fourth round.

The Hoops boss suffered disappointment in last season's semi-final against Ross County. Berwick managed to pull off one of the biggest shocks in Scottish football when they defeated Rangers back in 1967 but they failed to match that achievement when goals from Daniel Majstorovic and Scott Brown sealed a 2-0 win for Celtic.

"It was solid but it wasn't spectacular and we expected that to be the case today with the pitch and the conditions," said Lennon.

"We had to play in a different way because the pitch didn't suit the way we like to play. It's another clean sheet and we are pretty pleased.

"These games are always difficult and they are always scrappy affairs. If you look at England on Saturday, there were quite a few upsets. Anything can happen on any given day.

"We were quite comfortable in the game and once the second goal went in I felt we could have won the game more comfortably.

"I thought we should have had a penalty for a challenge on Thomas Rogne but we can't complain, it's been a good day's work.

"It's a test of their character, it's from one spectrum of the game to another. It's all about attitude and application and they had all that.

"Sometimes the quality wasn't great but sometimes you have to accept that on a pitch like that.

"I've been involved in one or two [upsets] myself and they can come back to haunt you. It's important because we want to challenge for all the trophies."

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