International breaks are a chance for most Scottish Premiership players to recuperate from niggles and return energy to tired limbs. National team burdens weigh most heavily on the successful, so Neil Lennon will have little company at Lennoxtown this week – he anticipated no more than four of the first team squad will remain behind, not even enough to practice a corner kick formation.
We travel to Easter Road in 11 days, between now and then, many of the squad will have played three games and traversed the globe. The Salt ‘n’ Sauce Greens will not be so troubled.
Neil will focus on what can be achieved in the days ahead: Christopher Jullien’s return to fitness being top priority. Chris was a titanic figure in our Europa League campaign last season and his League Cup Final intervention was one of the highlights of the season. If we get through this break with no additional injuries, illness and with Chris back in the squad for Easter Road, we would all be happy.