Neil Lennon confirms Celtic have picked up no injuries from second win
Celtic manager Neil Lennon has confirmed that no injuries have been picked up from the second pre-season game of the summer.
The Hoops had to battle hard in order to dig out the 2-1 win at Wiener Sportclub. Despite missing a plethora of chances, however, Celtic once again found an extra gear to take the victory. Wins at this stage of the season are close to meaningless, but goals for Leigh Griffiths and Vakoun Issouf Bayo will be welcomed by the support.
It comes on the back of Celtic’s 6-1 mauling of Pinkafeld in their first pre-season game of the season too. The Hoops have started their calendar with a high tempo in their opening matches. But playing with such energy at times can lead to knocks being picked up, especially so early into the club’s calendar.
Fortunately, Lennon confirmed to the Daily Record that, for the second game in a row, his players have come through the tie unscathed.
“It’s coming together slowly but surely but we knew it would take a bit of time (the squad). I’m pleased with Bayo – it might do his confidence the world of good.
“We could have won the game by seven or eight goals. I was delighted with the way the game went. There are no injuries and the players have 45 minutes in their legs as we move on to St Gallen on Tuesday.”
No injuries against St Gallen and we’re good to go
Just one game remaining of the pre-season training camp as the Bhoys now head to Switzerland to face St Gallen. After that, it will be all focus on Sarajevo’s visit to Celtic Park in our first Champions League qualifier.
The main target heading into the St Gallen game, however, will simply be another decent display with no injuries. Lennon is likely to change the team around at half-time yet again, something he’s now done in both pre-season friendlies so far.
And of course, just because there were no injuries picked up against Wiener, it doesn’t mean we don’t have any. Lennon confirmed in the same report that Tom Rogic remains out. Kieran Tierney, meanwhile, is back home in Scotland to continue his rehabilitation. So there are knocks to a couple of key players, and they’ll need time to build up their own match-fitness.
But Celtic hopefully have a squad to deal with a couple of setbacks here and there. Whilst Rogic’s influence can be difficult to replace, there is Andrew Gutman available to take over from Tierney if necessary.
Gutman has looked a promising figure in his first two Celtic appearances. It’s just another plus to add to what’s been a positive pre-season camp so far.
Next up is St Gallen on Tuesday, and hopefully, it’s another injury-free encounter.