NEIL LENNON left some of his top stars in Glasgow as he prepares for his second visit of the season to play the Romanian Champions in the concluding match of the Europa League Group E campaign.
Celtic are already through and have won the group but for Cluj they need a point to frustrate Lazio by claiming the runners-up spot. Honours even and Lazio eliminated may well be the eventual outcome on this one and frankly few Celtic or Cluj fans would moan too much about that one.
On his missing stars, Lenny has the luxury of resting a few up although Scott Brown’s booking against Rennes in the 3-1 win means that he is suspended anyway. For him no trip to Transylvania and there are one or two others who are also getting a night off.
“Fraser Forster, Scott Brown, Callum McGregor, Odsonne Edouard, Ryan Christie and Tom Rogic didn’t travel and unavailable tomorrow night,” Lenny told the Media, as reported by Scottish Sun.
“We are going to use the squad for this game and in this busy month, some players need game time and it’s an ideal situation to give the players that extra motivation,” Lenny said. The Celtic Star broke the news today that young Scott Robertson was set to start against Cluj and this looks like being a decent shout. We also said that Karamoko Dembele was likely to feature from the bench, alongside fit again Bayo.
“We’ve got a strong team. Young Scott Robertson, Karamoko Dembele and Grant Savoury are in the squad. Whether they start is another thing.
“Leigh Griffiths, Scott Sinclair, Nir Bitton, Moritz Bauer and Craig Gordon will all feature tomorrow night.”
“We are here to be competitive and to win,” the Celtic manager said. “We have had a fantastic campaign, we have to respect the opposition and take a huge amount of pride in what we’ve achieved so far.
“We want to finish on a high. There’s no pressure on us which is a novelty for us.
“There’s no pressure and that makes us a dangerous opponent for anyone. We are delighted about topping the group and look forward to the Europa League in the second-half of the season.”