With most eyes on this evening’s Premiership clash with Hamilton Academical, Celtic’s preparations for the Scottish League Cup Final against Rangers continue, and manager Neil Lennon is hopeful that striker Odsonne Edouard will return from his ‘niggle’ for Sunday’s action.
The 21-year-old Frenchman has missed the last two games with an unspecified injury and despite the lack of information, Lennon continues to be confident that it won’t be a long term issue and he’s quoted by the BBC ahead of the game as saying.
“We’re pretty confident it was going to be a short-term thing and maybe the rest will have done him good as well.”
Although he chose to not elaborate further on the problem, he did go onto confirm that Mohamed Elyounoussi, Jonny Hayes, Vakoun Bayo, Boli Bolingoli and Oliver Ntcham had all returned to training on Tuesday, so they may play their own part at Hampden. But in terms of tonight’s match, only Ntcham was expected to feature in some capacity.
“Boli’s been out since the Hibs game in the semi-final so he’s a bit more long term than the rest. The rest have been a week to two weeks so you don’t lose much in terms of the fitness and the cardiovascular stuff. So in terms of physical fitness they’re not far away at all.”
With the Cup final distraction, Lennon was also adamant that Celtic would continue with a one game at a time approach to the season.
“The league is the priority and the season doesn’t end on Sunday whether we win the cup or not. We’ve got a lot of games between now and when January comes around. Hamilton is the priority, it’s the most important game. We’ll go strong and our aim is to win the game as best we can.”
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