Celtic manager Neil Lennon delighted to reach final

Anthony Stokes scores a free-kick for Celtic against Falkirk
Stokes' free-kick set Celtic on their way to victory against Falkirk

Celtic manager Neil Lennon expressed his delight at reaching the Scottish Communities League Cup final after beating Falkirk in the semi-final.

Lennon's men overcame the Bairns by three goals to one at Hampden.

"I can't ask any more than what the players are doing at the minute," Lennon told BBC Scotland.

"Some great performances. When I've got Hooper, Stokes, Brown, Mulgrew; players like that at the top of their game then it gives us a real chance."

Scott Brown converted a penalty to give Celtic the lead but Jay Fulton levelled matters before the break.

Anthony Stokes' impressive free-kick put the Scottish Premier League side ahead again and the striker tapped home another late on.

"We got sloppy for their goal," said Lennon.

"Having said that, we hit the post, we had a goal disallowed, which looked onside to me, we hit the bar twice, Forrest and Commons were both in one-on-one and we missed really good chances.

"They've got some good players. At 2-1 we've had to rely on Fraser [Forster] for a double save.

"In terms of the performance, I'm delighted; delighted to be in the final, semi-finals are always difficult but I never felt we were in that much danger."

Lennon felt Emilio Izaguirre had gone "AWOL" at Falkirk's goal and the left-back was substituted at half-time.

"He just doesn't look up to the pace of the game and he was a little bit pedestrian with the ball and certainly he's not got that snap to his game that he's had before," added the Celtic manager.

"It might take a bit of time and time's one thing that we don't have when we've got big games coming up."

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