Lennon hails McCall revolution
Celtic manager Neil Lennon has credited Stuart McCall with changing the face of Sunday's opponents Motherwell for the better.
Well go into the meeting with Celtic in second place behind the Clydesdale Bank Premier League champions and looking to secure a second consecutive season as the best team outside Glasgow.
McCall has also led Motherwell to the Scottish Cup final and Champions League qualifiers in less than two-and-a-half years in charge and Lennon has been impressed with his work.
"I wouldn't say they have over-achieved but what I think he has done is changed the face of Motherwell," Lennon said.
"They play great football, very good attacking football. They have a good core, a good work ethic and they are very consistent.
"He has signed a new contract so obviously he is very happy to stay in that environment and I think that will settle the players as well.
"He has been a little bit imaginative and brought in (James) McFadden out of nowhere really and given him a lease of life. He is rolling back the years with the style of football that he is playing.
"So I think he has done a fantastic job."
Celtic travel to Lanarkshire without four players who Lennon gave a week off after they clinched the title last Sunday.
With others set to get next week off, Lennon is hoping to keep his team fresh for the William Hill Scottish Cup final against Hibernian on May 26.
The early holidays are also designed to help Celtic prepare for their Champions League qualifiers - they will need to play six games, starting in mid-July, to reach the group stages.
And Charlie Mulgrew insists there is no way he and his team-mates will slack off on the pitch.
Mulgrew, who is getting a holiday after the Fir Park clash, said: "It will be great, especially as we are back so early in the summer.
"I'm sure it will be a much-needed rest for a lot of players who have played a lot of games."
But he added: "Everybody at this club and the supporters demands that we win every game so we are looking to do that.
"We will treat every game like a big game so we will be looking to win on Sunday.
"It was massive (to get to the final). We were made aware of that by the manager.
"Everyone in the changing room wants to win the Scottish Cup so we are looking forward to that match.
"But there are still games between now and then that we need to deal with.
"Motherwell have done really well.
"I worked with Stuart McCall at Scotland and you can see how good a coach he is and it is really benefiting Motherwell."