Celtic boss Neil Lennon’s pre-match press conference later on Friday ahead of the game against Ross County on Saturday will certainly be interesting.

The Hoops boss is coming off the back of leading Celtic to an important 3-1 win over Kilmarnock in midweek to keep the team at the top of the league.

However, there are still some issues for the manager to address ahead of the Hoops next game.

Here are three questions we would ask the Hoops boss ahead of what is yet another big fixture in the title race:

1. What is happening with Jonny Hayes’ contract?

Celtic's Jonny Hayes

Celtic’s Jonny Hayes (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Hayes returned to the Hoops starting line-up in the win over Kilmarnock. He played on the left-wing, and contributed fairly well.

However, his contract is expiring at the end of the season, and as yet no new deal has been agreed. That is a surprise when you consider that he has played in some big games this season, such as the 2-1 win over Lazio in Rome.

What would we would ask the Hoops boss is if there are any updates about the player’s future on the horizon? After all, he has been a regular for the side this season, making 20 appearances.

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Hopefully Lennon is able to provide a positive update on Hayes’ future at the club.

 

2. What is the latest on Jeremie Frimpong’s injury?

Celtic full-back Jeremie Frimpong

Celtic full-back Jeremie Frimpong (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Perhaps the most important issue that will be addressed is that of Hoops full-back Jeremie Frimpong, who went off injured towards the end of the win over Kilmarnock with what looked to be a knee injury.

Hoops fans will be eager to hear how the player has responded to the injury, and how long he will be out of action for.

On the positive side, Frimpong did post on social media on Thursday night so hopefully that is a sign that he is not too badly injured. But perhaps the first question we would ask the Hoops boss is about Frimpong’s fitness.

3. Will the return of  Jozo Simunovic influence January transfer business?

Jozo Simunovic celebrates a Celtic goal

Jozo Simunovic celebrates a Celtic goal (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Jozo Simunovic made his first Celtic start since August in the win over Kilmarnock, and the centre-back strolled through the game, even though he has in the past not played on artificial pitches.

We would ask the Hoops boss just how important the player can be in the months to come now that he is fully fit, and will his return to fitness affect the transfer plans went comes to possibly signing a centre-half?

After all, with three centre-backs now fit and competing for places in the team the Hoops boss may decide that Celtic won’t be signing another defender. It would be interesting to hear his views on that.

 

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