CELTIC boss Neil Lennon has revealed he will give a few of his key players a rest before Thursday’s meaningless Europa League Group E encounter against Cluj in Romania.

The Hoops’ 3-1 win over Rennes at Parkhead on Thursday night means they are guaranteed top spot in the section while the previous 2-1 victory over Lazio in Rome ensured their place in the competition’s knock-out stages next year.

Lennon is preparing his troops for today’s noon encounter with Ross County in Dingwall while they will also look for three points when Hamilton Accies visit the east end of Glasgow on Wednesday.

Following the Premiership confrontations, all eyes will be on Hampden a week today when the holders take on Rangers in the Betfred League Cup Final with the holders looking to pick up their TENTH successive piece of domestic silverware during their historic run.

They travel to Romania to meet up with their Champions League conquerors four days later and the Irishman is poised to utilise his squad over the four-game sequence.

ACTION MAN… skipper Scott Brown rescues the situation as Lewis Morgan gets tangled up with Rennes defender.

Lennon, speaking to the Sunday Mail, said: “In the main, we’ve handled the Thursday-Sunday games pretty well, but the recovery and the travelling and the early kick-off – we have to be spot on.

“We can’t use any excuses, we want to be in all the competitions.

“The way they’re playing, the atmosphere’s good and we’re looking forward to it.

“Jeremie Frimpong will come back in to our thinking for Dingwall, but we are really pleased that Mikey Johnston, Leigh Griffiths and Nir Bitton all got minutes in because we’ll need them all as we go along and we want them to play.

“They all looked good and I am delighted with that.

“We can give some players a rest now for the Cluj trip and we can give other players game time which will stand them in good stead for the rest of the campaign.

“Scott Brown’s now suspended for the game, anyway, after his booking and he was joking to the boys: ‘Enjoy Cluj, lads’.

“Well, I might just bring him to Romania for the hell of it!”



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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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