Neil Lennon has confessed that he faces a ‘problem’ ahead of Celtic’s trip to Hamilton on Saturday. The issue is that many of the players won’t return from international duty until Thursday.
That means that Lennon won’t have a lot of time to work with the players ahead of Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off. Lennon has admitted that he can’t complain about the issue, as it testament to how well his players are performing.
However, he hopes that none have picked up an injury whilst playing for their countries.
“Won’t get a lot of them back”
“My problem is I won’t get a lot of them back from the internationals until Thursday, so I’ll have them for a couple of days, and then we have an early kick-off” Lennon said, as reported by the Scottish Sun.
“Not that I’m complaining. I just have to hope they all come back fit and healthy.”
Could the international break affect the team that Lennon plans to pick for Hamilton? Perhaps. However, the team that the manager selects for the game should be good enough to defeat Hamilton.
Lack of time is an issue to overcome
The lack of time with the players ahead of the Hamilton game will undeniably be an issue for the Hoops. It is a problem that will have to be overcome in the international breaks in October and November as well.
That is something that all managers have to deal with though. It is about being able to overcome that. Lennon has had to deal with this issue in the past, and it is one that will have to be dealt with again.