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NEIL LENNON has tried to give an explanation into his thinking over the past month where he’s chosen to freshen up the squad with three or four changes at a time.

There has been noised from certain sections of the support about how much the manager appears to be tinkering with his starting XI. The traditional part of the fan base would like to see a settled starting eleven with a change here or there for cohesion.

There is a lot to be said about a settled team but we do have a big squad and a lot of games. There are players sitting on the sidelines who genuinely deserve a place in the side and if Neil Lennon didn’t rotate and use them, we would have fans moaning he isn’t using all the talent at his disposal; it’s a balancing act.

Speaking to Celtic TV, Lenny said he’s happy with how things are going:

“I’m delighted with the players and we’re still embedding the new players in.

“We started off with a back four at the beginning of the season and more recently we’ve gone to a three.

“It takes time and a little bit of adjustment to that, but we’ve won six out of seven in the league now and have drawn the other one. That’s good going and it’s really good consistency.

“We’ve got great depth in the squad and it’s important to try and keep players motivated and give them something to look forward to and to also give them incentives.

“We think long and hard about each selection for every opposition. But over time, we will see our most consistent 11 on the pitch.

“Also, with the amount of games we’ve had in this burst between international breaks, I think it’s important that we do give players the opportunity to play and keep the squad fresh.”

Celtic have a big name in the Europa League on Thursday night before flying back to Scotland to take on Hibernian on Sunday. You can expect there will be changes between the Thursday and Sunday side.

Having made a good start to the SPFL season, the team haven’t even hit their stride yet. Hopefully that comes in the next few weeks.

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