Reliable journalist Alison Conroy has tweeted that Neil Lennon is looking to use his squad for tomorrow night’s clash against Lille at Celtic Park.
Lennon has often resisted the opportunity to play some of his fringe players in lesser games. Celtic’s strongest XI on paper has taken to the field in recent times against Ross County and St Johnstone and failed to deliver.
That’s left the likes of Turnbull, Soro, and Patryk Klimala all on the sidelines watching on as they struggle to win a place in the manager’s starting lineups.
But Conroy has told Celtic fans to expect the trio to feature in tomorrow night’s Europa League dead-rubber in Glasgow:
Neil Lennon says he’ll use the Celtic squad tomorrow night. Expect to see Turnbull, Soro & Klimala.
— Alison Conroy (@AlisonGConroy) December 9, 2020
Can’t be judged on Lille alone – must be the start of many chances
It’s worth remembering that this game is anything but a dead-rubber for Lille. A win for them and they’ll top the group. It’s as simple as that for them, and as such they’ll be going all out to get the job done.
It’s great to hear that Lennon looks set to give these fringe players the opportunities they deserve, but they can’t be judged on their performance against the team second in Ligue 1 alone.
What’s vital is that this is the start of a process for all three. Neil has to stick with one or two of them when we face Kilmarnock at Celtic Park on Sunday. The last thing these three players need is to get a doing off Lille and be thrown back down to the bench.
Of course that may not happen. The reserves may put on a show at Parkhead and surprise us all with a first Europa League group stage win of the season. But even if they don’t, this has to be just the beginning for them.
These opportunities have been long overdue, but thankfully Lennon appears to have seen the light. The manager could do with sparking some excitement or life into tomorrow’s game, and that appears to be what he’s doing.
Let’s see how many now make the starting XI.