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Monday 17 December 2018

Lennon wary of injuries

Celtic manager Neil Lennon is concerned this week's internationals could derail his side in the SPL.

Lennon, who was yesterday named Scottish Premier League manager of the month for January, is eager for his cosmopolitan squad to return to Glasgow injury-free and protect their five-point lead over Rangers in this weekend's clash with Dundee United.

"I'm a wee bit tense this week, just hoping they all come back in decent shape," Lennon said. "Some of the players want to go, which is fine, I wouldn't stand in their way.

"It's just the timing and the fact they're not qualifying games either."

Scotland meet Northern Ireland at the Aviva Stadium tonight with Celtic players in both camps and Lennon hopes it is not too competitive.

"I wouldn't like to think they'll be kicking each other just yet," he added. "I think it will be a decent game."

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