Neil Lennon reckons the international break has been a positive for the Celtic squad as the team prepare to face Ross County in the Scottish Premiership this weekend, speaking to The Celtic View today (09/09 print edition, page 6).
In particular, he’s called out Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths as two who have benefited most, as stars elsewhere in the squad travelled the world to get minutes for their countries.
Rogic hasn’t played for the club since March while Griffiths has had well-documented problems this summer, missing out on the pre-season trips to Loughborough University and France.
Lennon sounds hopeful they are on their way back to match squads though, suggesting they could even come into the fold in Dingwall this weekend.
As quoted by The Celtic View (09/09 print edition, page 6), the manager said: “There are pros and cons about the international break at this point in the season, given how everything has gone so far.
“It will give the players that are away the opportunity to get a little bit more game time.
“For everyone that’s still here, we get the chance to get a few of the guys with injuries back in – the likes of Tom Rogic, and Griff will be fitter as well.”
“We’ll hopefully have a better depth of squad, then, come the Ross County game.”
Getting Rogic back involved in proceedings would be a massive boost to Lennon’s options as we move forward this season, giving Ryan Christie the competition he needs to reach his peak again.
You can never really write Griffiths off either given the way he came back into the team at the start of 2020 and performed so well alongside Odsonne Edouard.
These players have had their problems but they still have quality and if they are beginning to show something at Lennoxtown again it can only be good for Celtic.
Here’s hoping we see them involved sooner rather than later.