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BRENDAN IN SECOND TALKS WITH McLEISH

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ALEX McLEISH will have a second meeting with Brendan Rodgers to discuss which Celtic players will travel with Scotland for the two-game trip to Peru and Mexico.

Kieran Tierney and James Forrest, who have played more than 50 games this season, are likely to be excused from duty.

However, while McLeish has agreed to certain concessions after his initial talks, there remains a large international contingent at Parkhead.

That includes Craig Gordon, Jack Hendry, Stuart Armstrong, Callum McGregor, Leigh Griffiths and Ryan Christie, who will return to the champions after his season-long loan deal at Aberdeen.

The Scots squad leave on May 23, play Peru in Lima six days later and then face Mexico at the Azteca Stadium on June 2.

Celtic begin their Champions League campaign on July 11 or 12 and the first team will be back training at least three weeks before that first qualifier.

McLeish admitted: “I am still to have that second conversation with Brendan who was very honest about everything. I need to pick a squad and he knows that.

“I am prepared to make a concession here or there. There is the term burn-out which has happened in the past and I understand all that.

“I don’t want to shoot myself in the foot, either, and I don’t have somebody available for us later in the campaign.

“I will have those closed talks again before I name my squad.”

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