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LENNY’S SQUAD BOOST

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NEIL LENNON hopes to be spoiled for choice when he takes his Celtic squad to face Hearts at Tynecastle on Wednesday night.

The Hoops boss overcame the other half of the capital’s Big Two, Hibs, with a 2-0 success at Parkhead yesterday with goals from the energetic Jeremie Frimpong and the talismanic Odsonne Edouard to keep the champions in pole position in the Premiership.

Ryan Christie, Jonny Hayes, Mohamed Elyounoussi and Mikey Johnston, all nursing a variety of injuries, missed the win that keeps the team two points clear, but Lennon is reasonably confident most of the quartet will be fit for the encounter with the troubled Edinburgh side.

Most doubtful is Elyounoussi who has had a reaction to the foot injury he sustained on international duty with Norway. He only lasted 45 minutes of the Betfred League Cup Final and wasn’t risked against Cluj or Jack Ross’ side.

Former Barnsley Head Coach Daniel Stendel took charge of the team for the first time at the weekend and saw them lose 1-0 to St Johnstone to dump them joint bottom of the league on 12 points alongside Hamilton Accies.

Lennon is looking forward to his first return to the Edinburgh venue after capping his comeback as Celtic gaffer with a 2-1 win on February 27 – just a day after Brendan Rodgers quit for Leicester City.

James Forrest and Edouard – with an effort in stoppage time – were the men on target to give the Irishman a much-needed victory upon his return.

The Hoops followed up with a replica scoreline in the Scottish Cup Final against ex-gaffer Craig Levein’s side on May 25 and they also claimed a 3-1 triumph in the league in Glasgow in August.

 

 
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