Neil Lennon will not be bringing in a raft of youngsters and fringe players for Celtic’s Scottish League Cup match on Wednesday night, The Daily Record report.

With the competition seen as the least important of the four that the Hoops will compete for this season, it could be seen as a good opportunity for Lennon to utilise more of his squad than he does usually.

We took a look at three stars that could do with a rest earlier this evening, with strong options ready to come in and replace them.


However, Lennon is keen to keep the bulk of his starting eleven intact from recent matches.

As quoted by The Daily Record, he explained: “We’re not guaranteed to win this Betfred Cup but we’ve got home advantage against Thistle which is good.

“We’re up against a team that could shine in adversity and give us problems like Dunfermline did in the last round.

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“So we have to be very wary of it. I’m not going to take this tournament lightly – we’ll have a strong
team out that’s capable of winning the game.”

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Who could come into the team?

Despite Lennon’s comments, there is a chance to make select changes from the previous two games against Rennes and Kilmarnock.

With quality players such as Tom Rogic and Mohamed Elyounoussi, both of whom have missed action, ready to come into the team, Lennon is not short of options that are more than capable of beating Thistle.

It’s unlikely though that Lennon is going to use the competition to bring through youngsters and players not quite ready for regular first-team action, as tempting as it might be.

It seems quite clear from his comments over the last few days that he is desperate to add the League Cup to his collection and anything that puts that at risk will not be considered.

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