A puzzling decision made by recently appointed Scotland boss Steve Clarke could be to Celtic’s benefit. Clarke didn’t start two Celtic players in the Scotland side which lost 3-0 to Belgium.
He kept Scott Bain on the bench, whilst James Forrest only appeared as a second-half substitute. The only Celt to play the entire game was Callum McGregor.
Odd decision not to start player of the year
It does seem a bit odd that Forrest, Scotland’s player of the year, was relegated to the bench. The same goes for Bain, who has had an excellent six-month spell for the Hoops.
However, Celtic boss Neil Lennon could actually be quite pleased about the situation. The last thing any Hoops player needs just now is more football.
Players need a break
The players will be desperate for a break after a long season. However, they might not get that much of one, as Celtic return to pre-season duty on Monday the 17th of June. The players on international duty will get an extended break, you would have to think.
Lennon will also be relieved that none of the players on international duty suffered an injury.
It would have been a huge blow if Forrest or McGregor missed the Champions League qualifiers due to a knock picked up whilst playing for Scotland.
That didn’t happen though, and all at Celtic have Steve Clarke to thank for that.