Following last week’s 0-0 draw at Easter Road, Lennon would’ve been confident of making it through to the competition’s playoff round, but were soon humbled by the Norwegian outfit despite a bright start.
In the end, Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s men went on to win 3-0, with Alf-Inge Håland’s son Erling scoring twice, and Lennon was his usual forthright self when speaking to the media after the final whistle.
The ex-Celtic boss said via STV: “I always felt we were in the tie.
“But when we were on top we didn’t take our chances so we’ve only got ourselves to blame. We’ve let that one slip.
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“On paper, 3-0 looks like Molde were the far better team over two ties, that wasn’t the case at all. Like I say, the spell after half-time, we should do better and score.
“But the players should be proud of their efforts, it’s very early in our season and we are still thin in terms of the squad.
“It was a new experience for them and you could see them wilting a bit towards the end against an excellent side.
“I am not going to berate my players for that, we lost Bartley, who is an important player, so were a little bit light in midfield going into the second half.
“Our response after half-time was very good and we should have made more of our opportunities. We’ve competed very well but we are where we are.
“We don’t have a lot of money to spend and have lost our best player. However, we did keep playing and created chances, that’s the only bugbear of mine that we didn’t finish them.
“We need more investment and to bring a couple of more in, though.
“The squad is definitely thin, we are using the younger players but it is a great experience for them so we are in a healthy position.
“I had aspirations to make the group stage but it’s not to be this year.”
Hibs are at home to Ross County in the Betfred Cup on Saturday before hosting Aberdeen in a mouthwatering clash a week on Saturday.
But what do you think of Lennon’s comments? Does his Hibernian team need a lot more investment, particularly in the wake of John McGinn’s exit?