Neil Lennon may have a bit of a dilemma going into this weekend’s league match against Hearts. The Hoops boss has been presented with a raft of injury issues following Sunday’s defeat to Rangers with as many as three first teamers now considered doubts for the Scottish Cup final.
Odsonne Edouard, Jonny Hayes and Mikael Lustig could all miss the showpiece game on May 25th with the likes of Ryan Christie and Dedryck Boyata already out.
Celtic take on Craig Levein’s side this weekend too. It’s ‘Trophy Day’ at Parkhead and a pretty meaningless game to round off the league campaign. So given that fact, and Celtic’s growing injury issues, should we field a second-string side on Sunday?
Make them fight for a place
The display at Ibrox was so awful that the players should probably be made to fight for their cup final place. Nobody came out of the derby defeat with pass marks and the players will be hurting too. Giving them a chance to go into the cup final off the back of a good win should surely be seen as a positive.
The gap of victory in the league is not very important but it’s something we should also consider. Winning the league by just three points would give our rivals more ammunition ahead of next season. Winning it by six, eight or even nine would look far better.
History tells us that it will be a full strength eleven that takes to the field on Sunday. Under Rodgers we played our top players in the final league games. This Sunday will probably see the same but don’t be surprised to see the odd Hampden starter sit it out.