Three questions we would ask Neil Lennon ahead of Celtic trip to Dingwall

By John Reid

September 11, 2020

With Celtic set to return to action for the first time in two weeks on Saturday, Neil Lennon is bound to get a lot of questions asked of him when he faces a pre-match press conference on Friday ahead of the trip to Dingwall to face Ross County.

With that in mind, here are three issues we would like to see the Hoops boss address when he speaks to the assembled media:

How close are the Hoops to signing a left-back?

We know that Neil Lennon doesn’t give much away when it comes to transfers. However, perhaps the direct approach would work on this occasion.

The Hoops have made some good signings so far in the transfer window. One glaring omission is at left-back though. We know that Celtic have tried to sign at least one during the window.

Sky Sports reported that Mitchel Bakker, who the Hoops tried to sign on loan, wants to stay at PSG.

PSG youngster Mitchel Bakker / (Photo by Peter Lous/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Therefore, Celtic have to move on to other targets. It would be good to get news on how close a left-back is, although Lennon may keep quiet as usual.

Is there a clean bill of health after international duty?

Perhaps the most important question that will be asked. Celtic had a host of players away on international duty. The hope has got to be that every single one of those players returned 100% fit.

That is particularly the case when it comes to Odsonne Edouard. The striker missed some recent Celtic games with a thigh injury.

Odsonne Edouard in action for Celtic (Photo by Steve Welsh/Pool via Getty Images)

However, he took part in two French under-21 fixtures. Hopefully the first thing Lennon confirms at the press conference is that Edouard is fit for the Ross County fixture.

Will Shane Duffy be handed his Hoops debut?

It is interesting to note how Neil Lennon has used the players he has signed this summer so far. Vasilis Barkas was in the first-team right away. Albian Ajeti has had to be content with coming off the bench as he gets fit whilst David Turnbull has yet to make an appearance.

What happens with Shane Duffy will certainly be intriguing. The high-profile loanee from Brighton captained Ireland this midweek, and played 180 minutes of football in the process.

Celtic defender Shane Duffy in action for Ireland / (Photo By Alex Nicodim/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Will Neil Lennon consider that a hindrance to Duffy making his debut in Dingwall, as he has not had time to work with him? Only time will tell, but it will be interesting to find out if he makes the squad.

In other news, some Celtic fans have reacted to Daniel Church’s exit from the club.