Lennon relishes cup challenge

St Mirren boss Danny Lennon is relieved to be preparing for the

Scottish Communities League Cup final following a prolonged


The Buddies beat Celtic 3-2 in the semi-final in January and

will face Hearts on their return to Hampden on Sunday.

Lennon’s side followed their success over Celtic with

consecutive victories, but have only won one game in seven since


And, as the St Mirren squad embark on a training break in St

Andrews, Lennon is happy at last to have his charges concentrate on

the first domestic final of the season.

“It’s been a difficult challenge for the players to focus, more

so in the last couple of weeks, and I totally understand that,”

Lennon said.

“So, no more distractions. They can totally focus on it, we can

start to talk about it, we can build the game up and enjoy the


“And we will make sure there is no stone unturned in our

preparation to do our best to bring this piece of silverware


“That’s the point of going away early in the week. We will do a

lot of our work in the next two or three days and at the tail end

of the week we will get back to normality as quickly as