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‘TOO MUCH OF AN ASK,’ CELTIC PROTECT STARS

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CELTIC will resist putting extra pressure on their toiling players as they play catch up with Rangers in the pursuit of their historic tenth successive Premiership title.

Neil Lennon has seen his team slip 11 points adrift of the Ibrox outfit although they have two crucial games in hand.

The champions have a free midweek in a fortnight when the Betfred Cup quarter-finals take place and that has opened an opportunity to play one of their matches against Aberdeen, who are also out of the competition.

However, boss Neil Lennon, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “We would like to get the games played, but I think just at this stage with the amount of games we have adding another one to the calendar would probably be too much of an ask for the players.”

The Hoops play AC Milan in the redundant Europa League Group H encounter in the san Siro this evening with a 5.55pm kick-off and then face another seven games this month.

As well as five crucial league games – with St Johnstone due in Glasgow on Sunday – Celtic will play Lille in their final Euro tie and Hearts in the delayed Scottish Cup Final on December 20 where the team have the opportunity to clinch the phenomenal quadruple treble.

Looking ahead to tonight’s confrontation with the Serie A cracks, Lennon added: “I want us to perform and have that belief and energy.

“I want us to take the shackles off and play like we can.

“We are going to the San Siro, so it’s a game of great significance and we want to do the fixture justice and come away with a good result.

“We will make a couple of changes from the weekend, but they won’t be wholesale.”

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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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