‘My Bhoys have been terrific,’ Lenny reports ‘No major bumps and bruises’ after Europa win

NEIL LENNON has reported the positive news that there are no new injury concerns in his squad after last night’s excellent 2-0 win over Cluj that took Celtic to the top if the Europa League Group.

“No major bumps and bruises after last night,” Lenny confirmed as he turned his attention to Sunday lunchtime and the tricky away day at Livingston on the worst of the three plastic pitches in the Scottish Premiership. “There’s a quick turn around but we’ll be ready.”

He’s certainly got players hungry for more game-time, no-one wants a breather in this squad. “We’ve got players that all want to play in every game. We’ll reassess the team and get ready for Sunday.

“We rotate the squad when we can. Theres a two week break after this, so it would be good to stay top of the league going in to that.” Sorry to burst your bubble with a mention of another dreaded international break!

“There were a lot of things that we did well last night, and some things we could do better. I’m excited to be working with this squad,” Lenny added and he had a special word for goalscorer Mohamed Elyounoussi (who really does need to update his Twitter account). “He was brilliant last night. He really took the game to Cluj and showed his experience.”

And on the team as a whole, the manager couldn’t be happier. “In terms of consistency and level of performance, the Bhoys have been terrific.”

Celtic announced details of their Christmas book release today and it’s the James Forrest biography ‘Homegrown Hero’. This looks like the start of a well deserved testimonial for the most faithful of Celtic stars and the current player of the year.

“He’s been just superb. A big game player over a long period of time at a club with immense pressure. We feel like He’s continually getting better all the time,” was Lenny thoughts on James Forrest.

And for anyone interested, the Celtic manager was asked for his thoughts on Kieran Tierney making his European debut for Europa League rivals Arsenal last night. “I’m delighted for him. We’re not surprised he’s started so well. We always knew he was a fantastic player and we continue to keep producing quality Academy players.”

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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