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Lennon: Celtic are ready for league return

Scottish FootballLennon: Celtic are ready for league return
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Celtic are returning to action as they face off against Ross County on Saturday, and Neil Lennon insists the Hoops are raring to go.

Following the international break, Celtic players are back and ready to go but there is a doubt with N’tcham with an ankle injury.

Speaking at Lennoxtown. He said: “We’re looking forward to this weekend. Everyone’s came back from the international break in good spirits. The only doubt we have is Olivier, who rolled his ankle in training yesterday.

“So, we’ll have to assess him today and see how he is, but the rest of them came back alright. Elhamed had a bit of a virus in between the two games, but he played in the second game so should be fine for tomorrow.”

He continued: “It’s a bit harsh to say the players need to make amends. Things just didn’t go for us. We didn’t play particularly poorly. The sending-off obviously was something that came out of the blue and is totally out of character for Ryan, who’s been outstanding.

“Then we conceded an early goal in the second half and had to force the issue. We were decent without really creating too many clear-cut chances. The second goal was an error from us.

“Over the piece, we’ve been brilliant. The facts are, though, that we’ve picked up one point out of the last six available, so we need to rectify that tomorrow.”

Celtic will be without midfielder, Ryan Christie as he was sent-off in the last game, against Livingston. Lennon said: “Ryan’s been outstanding for us, but Tom Rogic is up to speed, and hopefully we’ve got Ntcham even though he’s a bit of doubt. But Ryan would be a miss for any team right now the way he’s playing. We’ll have to adjust accordingly.

“Tom’s a creative type, they’re very similar, and we all know about his pedigree. He’s had his injury lay-off and he’s come back and is in great condition. He would jump at the chance to play if selected, so it’s great having that luxury when you lose a quality player and can bring another one in.

“We play Saturday and then the European game isn’t until Thursday, so that’s plenty of time in between. The players want to play and Lazio is a huge game for us in the context of the group, so we want to be as strong as possible.”

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