Neil Lennon speaks on Hibs and Jack Ross ahead of trip to Celtic

Celtic boss looking forward to league meeting with former side

Friday, 13th December 2019, 11:47 am
Updated Friday, 13th December 2019, 11:50 am
Neil Lennon knows what Hibs are capable of but is planning to field a stronger side than the one that faced Cluj

Celtic boss Neil Lennon is hoping his decision to field a makeshift side against Cluj on Thursday night will pay dividends against Hibs on Sunday.

Leaving a handful of first-teamers behind in Glasgow, Lennon made nine changes in total from the side which started the Betfred Cup final win over Rangers at Hampden Park last weekend and lost their first group game through second-half goals from defender Andrei Burca and midfielder Damjan Djokovic.

And as he turned his attention to the Ladbrokes Premiership match against his former club at Parkhead, he said: "I took that calculated risk If you want to call that on Thursday because I have to think about the squad as a whole. I can't keep running the players into the ground in pressure games.

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"That game had nothing in it other than prestige. Hopefully that will work in our favour and come Sunday we will be ready to go.

"Hibs had a great win at the weekend, beating an in-form Aberdeen team. Jack Ross has been a great appointment for them, slowly but surely getting the best out of the players.

"I know the players very well there and they can be a threat. It's a game we are looking forward to, we will assess all the players on Friday and get them ready for Sunday."