Celtic boss won't rule out selecting unsettled players

By John Reid

August 28, 2020

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has not ruled out picking players that want to leave the club for the Hoops first-team, Clyde 1 Superscoreboard reports.

Lennon made the comment on Friday morning following a Sky Sports report on Thursday that the duo of Kristoffer Ajer and Olivier Ntcham had asked their agents to find out what Celtic valued the players at ahead of a potential transfer.

Now the Hoops boss has stated that he hopes any players that want to leave stay at the club, and for the moment they will be under consideration for selection.

“Do what they do best”

We want them to settle down. We want them to do what they do best. They’re great lads. Sometimes you can lose a little of focus, we just want them to get back on it, and concentrate on the job that lies ahead” Lennon said, as quoted by the Clyde 1 Superscoreboard Twitter account.

It is understandable that Lennon will continue to select players even if they want to leave the club. After all, it could be argued that Ajer and Ntcham – if they are players that want to leave – are two of Celtic’s best players.

Olivier Ntcham in action for Celtic / (Photo by Ricardo Nogueira/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)

Therefore, it makes sense to keep selecting them whilst they are still at the club. Lennon doesn’t seem to have a problem with any player that wants to leave  – he wouldn’t have called them ‘great lads’ if he had.

Hoops boss must select the best side when he can

The bottom line is that Celtic have some big games coming up before the transfer window closes in the first week of October.

Celtic centre-back Kristoffer Ajer (Photo by Silvia Lore/Getty Images)

Celtic will want to win every single one of those games to get the season back on track. That means that Neil Lennon has to pick the strongest side available. If that means picking a player who will move on in the last days of the transfer window, then so be it.

That season more than any other it is about Celtic winning games. That is why Lennon will give these unsettled players game time if necessary.

In other news, Neil Lennon claims that Celtic’s Champions League exit won’t affect the club’s transfer business.