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Championship triumph has given Hibs a lift for Hampden

Neil Lennon says his players and staff feel relief at promotion but have a cup to defend.

Hibernian head coach Neil Lennon said his side have enjoyed their week since clinching the league title but still have a cup double in their sights.

The Scottish Cup holders face Aberdeen in their Hampden semi-final just days after winning the Championship and securing promotion to the Premiership. Lennon said that success had brought a feel-good factor back to the club.

"I think off the back of winning the Championship last week, that's just lifted the spirits of everyone," he said.

"The pressure's off now. I'm not just talking about the players and my staff, I'm talking about the people round the club. There's palpable relief and joy and excitement about what's ahead of us next year.

"I have to obviously temper that with the fact that we're playing one of the best teams in the country on Saturday.

"We've been very relaxed this week and we've tried to keep it that way. They've had a lot of games in their legs and we've toned the training right down but they're going to have to do a lot of work on Saturday with or without the ball but the atmosphere here is great."

Promotion back to the top flight was the number one priority for Lennon and his players but he was certain there would be no drop-off in focus now that had been achieved. 

"They're not that type of group," he said. "The other thing is it's their cup, they're the holders. They want to hold on to it again.

"The good thing we have is that the lads have had recent experience of Hampden. I think they've been there three or four times last season. That'll stand them in good stead as well.

"They've played brilliantly in the competition so far and kept some great performances for that. I'm hoping they're going to replicate that on Saturday."


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