After Dingwall Merrily on High, Celtic’s attention turns to Hamilton without Edouard, Elyounoussi, Bolingoli, Hayes and Bayo

Odsonne Edouard, Boli Bolingoli, Moi Elyounoussi and Jonny Hayes are NOT available for tomorrow’s game against Hamilton at Celtic Park. All four though are working hard and could be available for the League Cup Final on Sunday against the Rangers.

The manager was pleased with his side’s 4-1 win against Ross County on Sunday in Celtic’s Dingwall Merrily on High victory that sets his side up for a big week, starting with the match against Hamilton.

“It was a really powerful performance on Sunday off the back of a fantastic performance against Rennes.
We’ll pick a team to try and win the game tomorrow and take it from there,” Lenny said.

They are up at Pittodrie tomorrow night and that will be a real test for Steven Gerrard’s side, with the chance that they’ll drop points pretty decent. I’d go for a 1-1 draw in that game which would be a very good result for Celtic.

“Tomorrow provides another stiff challenge. Hamilton have got a smart and experienced manager and we aren’t taking the game for granted.”

“We’ve got another five days before the cup final and our main focus is on tomorrow,” Neil Lennon said at today’s Media Conference ahead of the Hamilton game.

“The league’s a priority. The season doesn’t end on Sunday if we win the cup or not, and we’ve got a lot of games between now and January. Hamilton’s our priority, it’s our most important game and we aim to win that as best as we can.”

Ntcham is likely to start, according to the manager. “Olivier will have a good chance of starting tomorrow. In regards to Odsonne and Mo, no. We’ll see how they are. Boli won’t be fit for tomorrow either.”

“Bayo’s back training now. Tomorrow’s probably too soon and Jonny’s the same,” Lenny revealed. Watch the manager’s Media Conference below and in particular watch out for how the media continually try to get him the talk about the Cup Final on Sunday. Lenny though is having now of it!

Neil Lennon could select a starting eleven that could look something like this…

Forster

Frimpong, Jullien, Ajer, Taylor

Brown, McGregor

Christie, Ntcham, Forrest

Morgan

With the likes of Tom Rogic, Mikey Johnston (who also spoke to the Media today), Leigh Griffiths and Scotty Sinclair on the bench there will be real fire-power there as back-up.

Expect some improvement in the goal difference front and as a prediction, I’ll go for Celtic 5 Hamilton 0.

Meanwhile Celtic visit to Partick Thistle in the Scottish Cup on Saturday 18 January will have a kick-off time of 5.30pm to accommodate broadcasters.

And some highlights of the reserve game from earlier this week against Motherwell have been released today, see below…

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