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Celtic squad give Neil Lennon ‘food for thought’ ahead of Helsingborg clash

The Hoops boss hopes four players will return for Wednesday’s Champions League second leg.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon applauds the traveling fans at full-time.
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Celtic manager Neil Lennon admits he has a selection headache on his hands ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League play-off second leg against Helsingborg.

Lennon made six changes to his team from midweek as they won 4-2 win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Joe Ledley (groin), Beram Kayal (ankle) and Anthony Stokes are out of the second leg against the Swedish side but Thomas Rogne, Scott Brown, Georgios Samaras and Kris Commons could return.

Victor Wanyama, who opened the scoring in the Highlands, returns from suspension while Tony Watt’s double has put him in contention.

Lennon said: "It gives the squad a huge boost and gives me a lot of food for thought.

"I'm hoping Samaras, Brown, Rogne and Commons will all be okay for Wednesday, allied with the boys who played.

"We had made a lot of changes by then and just wanted to blood some of the younger ones, it was a good opportunity to do so,"

While admitting he would consider Watt for a start against Helsingborg, it appears more likely that the 18-year-old will be on the bench.

On the ex-Airdrie United striker, he said: "He's a hopeless trainer but he comes alive in the big games. Sometimes his body language isn't great but we had a wee chat with him before the game and he was full of life, full of intensity and we wanted him to damage Inverness.

"He has got a bit to go but he has made a great start to his Celtic career."

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