‘Not for sale’ Lennon gives Edouard a rest for Riga

Neil Lennon has said he is saving French striker Edouard to play against Riga, after a tough run out when he was on international duty – and so decided to not risk him.

Lennon said: “He was away with France recently and played two 90 minutes with them.

“He had missed the previous three games for us before that.

“I spoke to him on Friday and he was struggling so you have to look after the player.

“Hopefully he will be fresh for Thursday which is a very important game for us.

“He is not causing any problems behind the scenes. He was honest enough to say he was struggling and I take his word on that.”

He said: “We do not want to sell. We have had no bids or confirmed interest in him.

“I am hoping come the end of the window he will still be a Celtic player.

“He is not for sale. A lot of this rumbling behind the scene is speculation just now.

“There is a contingency and there will be a lot of talk about Odsonne.We just want him fit and ready for Thursday.”

With no fans present Neil Lennon, was gutted to not have any in the stadium, he said: “I thought the performance was better. The only disappointment was the second goal. We made it too easy for them..

“It just means there is a little bit of trepidation in the last ten minutes.

“I would have liked a few more goals but the three we scored were brilliant.

“The reaction to going a goal down was really good and I was pleased.

“We are in a good piston now at the top of the league and it is a big week for us.

“We still have a bit of work to do and we are missing the fans.

“We scored three crackimg goals and there was nothing. It is a little bit different.

“Overall I am pleased to be top of the league.”