Neil Lennon’s pre-match interview with BBC Radio Scotland contained a few nuggets of relevant information today.
The Celtic manager went into his reasons for changing up his team against St Johnstone this afternoon, but it was his definitive transfer update that will please supporters most.
Lennon gave the strongest indication yet that Odsonne Edouard won’t be leaving the club tomorrow.
Speaking to BBC Sportsound today (11:29), he said: “He’s not going anywhere, the rest of them aren’t going anywhere. Why would you want to leave now when we’ve got so much to look forward to after the international break?”
On the subject of incoming players, the manager said: “We’ve got 24 hours and a lot of deals can get done in that time but I’m pretty confident that we’ll keep what we have. We’ll just look to add one or two if we can.”
Eyebrows were raised pre-match that Scott Brown had been benched for the first time this season, just as the captain was appearing to find a bit of form in our last two games.
However, Lennon is adamant his team, particularly the midfield, needed to be freshened up and reckons Brown has no issue at all being out of the team.
The manager said on BBC Radio Scotland (11:29): “We’ve got fresh legs in there. Turnbull had a very good 45 minutes against Hibs. Ntcham, as we know, is a fine player and a stalwart of the team so it’s not as if we’re bringing in weaker players.
“Scott Brown has played all the games, he has no issue with being benched, if we need him we’ll bring him on, there’s no problem.”
Some Celtic supporters have been vocal about their desire for the captain to be taken out of the team in recent months but, so far in Perth, his absence hasn’t really improved the overall performance from the Bhoys.
Like most of our away displays this season it’s pretty pedestrian at the interval with Celtic creating next to nothing in the Saints’ third.
Hopefully the performance will spark into life in the second half, aided by our big stars such as Edouard.