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  • Neil Lennon hails Scotland call-ups and delivers injury update

    Neil Lennon hails Scotland call-ups and delivers injury update

    By: Joe Donnelly on 15 Mar, 2019 17:03

  • THIS week, an impressive six Celtic players were called up to the Scottish national side for their forthcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Kazakhstan and San Marino. Neil Lennon hailed his travelling stars, and in turn delivered an injury update ahead of Sunday’s SPFL encounter with Dundee before the international break.

    Speaking to the media at Lennoxtown, the manager underscored the Scottish league’s busy fixture schedule and stressed the importance of finding time for respite wherever possible.

    “The players are basically playing non-stop football every year, and you have to remember that these guys are playing in every competition,” said Neil Lennon. “Over the last few years, these players have got to the finals of every competition, they’ve won the league, which means you’re looking at 60-odd games a season.

    “There isn’t an abundance of time in the close season, so it’s important that when you see signs of fatigue, both physically and mentally, that you let the players get away for a couple of days and come back refreshed.”

    Neil Lennon feels the international break acts as an extra week for his injured players to recover, and said Olivier Ntcham is back on the training pitch, as is Filip Benkovic. The manager also stated that Ryan Christie, out with a hamstring injury, is still a while away from full fitness, and that the progress of Tom Rogic will be re-assessed next week.    

    He then turned his attention to his internationalists, and singled out James Forrest, Callum McGregor and Hoops stopper, Scott Bain for specific praise.

    “I know Scott Bain well, I worked with him briefly at Hibs, and I’m a big fan of his. He’s also improved a lot since he’s come here, and he’s really grown into the jersey. I’ll be delighted if he’s named as the No.1 at Scotland. The last year has been meteoric for Scott, he’s got nice composure about him, he’s got good hands, he’s got great agility and he’s certainly playing very for me at the moment.

    “There have been a number of Celtic players that have contributed to the Scottish set up in recent years. Jamesy has had a huge contribution in recent years, Callum McGregor too. Callum is back in training, so he’s back in contention.

    “Getting some game time at Scotland will probably benefit him, we’ve obviously got the Rangers game after the break, and Cal might figure in some capacity on Sunday. It’s been great to have him back.”

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