Neil Lennon believes the current crop of Celtic players are standing on the cusp of greatness as they push for a domestic Treble.

Having gone through the league campaign unbeaten, Celtic could perform the clean sweep this afternoon if they also get their hands on the William Hill Scottish Cup.

And Lennon believes winning a Treble without suffering a domestic defeat would put Brendan Rodgers' team in pretty celebrated company.

“It would be up there," said Lennon. "To go unbeaten throughout the season is phenomenal. Martin O’Neill’s team came close when we won the title in 2002, when the only game we lost was away to Aberdeen.

“People thought Rangers being in the Premiership would make a difference but Celtic have simply dismantled all of their opposition this season.

“There is a ruthlessness about them. They don’t panic during games. Plus Brendan has a taste for it now and I think that’s why he signed that new four-year contract – he sees the potential for making inroads into Europe as well as being dominant domestically.

“But if they were to complete the treble and have a whole campaign without losing to a Scottish club…that’s unprecedented, really.

“It would be right up there with the achievements of any of the great teams in the club’s history apart from the Lisbon Lions. It wouldn’t be on a par with that but it would be up there with the rest."

There are few who would envisage Aberdeen finding a way of getting one over Celtic this afternoon given that they have been unable to do so on all five occasions this season when the teams have met.

And Lennon believes that if Derek McInnes' side are to have any hope they will need to find the opening goal at Hampden.

“Anything could happen on any given day but I think Aberdeen would need to score first to have a chance because Celtic are really good once they get their noses in front," he said.

“Brendan’s side play at a tempo and with a quality that none of the others can match and they’ve handled their semi-finals and finals comfortably up until now.

“They will be determined to make their mark on the history of this club but Aberdeen have had a stellar season and it’s good that the two best teams in the country will fight it out in the showpiece game, although I’d have much rather been in the final with Hibs.”

Lennon was a celebrated guest at the Hydro on Thursday evening as Celtic marked the 50th anniversary of the Lisbon Lions.

And the former Celtic captain and manager was keen to pay homage to the men who put the Parkhead club on the map.

"They were the ones who set the tone – they call it the Celtic way – and every manager, player and team since then has tried to aspire to those levels.

“Some of them have come close – including the Martin O’Neill side I played in –and the current team is breaking all sorts of records but we’ve all been following the pathway set out by Jock Stein and his players.

“It’s fitting that Celtic have had a great season in the 50th anniversary of Lisbon. For me, as a player and then a coach and a manager, to meet the Lions was an absolute privilege.

“There was a gravitas about them and they had the inner confidence of having won the European Cup. Plus they’re all great personalities in their own right and there’s a real connection and understanding among them all.

“Willie Wallace has just come back from Australia for this but they just picked up immediately from where they left off with the banter. Of course, they also played football the way everyone wants to see it played.

“Jinky could put you on your backside going left or right and Willie Wallace, Bobby Murdoch and Bobby Lennox could also play the ball with either foot. That’s something that’s probably missing from the modern game.

“They were naturally talented footballers but they had that ruthlessness about them as well, with Billy McNeill and Bertie Auld. Watching the final again recently, Inter never got to grips with Jim Craig and Tommy Gemmell’s overlapping.

“Everyone talks about the modern game with its inverted wingers and full-backs bombing forward but Jock’s team were doing that 50 years ago.”