Friday 24 January 2020

We want to finish off on a high: Lennon

Europa League, CFR Cluj v Celtic, BT Spt ESPN/Virgin Media Extra 3 (KO 5.55)

BHOYS BOSS: Neil Lennon. Photo: REUTERS
BHOYS BOSS: Neil Lennon. Photo: REUTERS

Neil Lennon will field a much-changed Celtic side in their Europa League dead rubber against Cluj tonight but insists he is going for a win.

The Hoops have already won Group E to qualify for the last 32 of the tournament and, amid a busy fixture schedule, the Parkhead boss will take the opportunity to rest key players for the final match in Romania, where the home side need just one point to clinch second place.

Five players who featured in the Betfred Cup final win against Rangers at Hampden Park last Sunday were left behind in Glasgow, along with midfielder Tom Rogic.

Scott Brown is suspended and 19-year-old right-back Jeremie Frimpong not registered for European football.

Speaking at the Dr Constantin Radulescu Stadium, Lennon revealed his squad with possible debuts for 18-year-old midfielder Scott Robertson and 19-year-old defender Grant Savoury and a first European appearance for highly-rated 16-year-old attacker Karamoko Dembele.

Lennon said: "Fraser Forster, Scott Brown, Callum McGregor, Odsonne Edouard, Tom Rogic and Ryan Christie - none of them have travelled.

"We have a strong team but we have Robertson, Dembele and Savoury in the squad but whether they start is another thing.

"The likes of Leigh Griffiths, Scott Sinclair, Nir Bitton, Moritz Bauer and Craig Gordon will all feature. "As I said before we're going to use the squad for this game. In this busy month there are some players who need game time and this is an ideal situation to give those players that extra motivation. We're here to be competitive and we're here to win.

"We've had a fantastic campaign. We have to respect the competition we can take a huge amount of pride in what we've achieved in the group and we want to finish the campaign on a high if we can.

"We're not going to make it easy for them."

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