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Neil Lennon hopes to have £19k-a-week Celtic ace back this weekend

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Neil Lennon hopes to have £19k-a-week Celtic ace back this weekend

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has confirmed that the Hoops are hoping to have Odsonne Edouard back for this weekend.

The Bhoys are currently preparing for a huge Europa League clash with Italian giants Milan at Parkhead tomorrow night.

However, in a big blow to Celtic and Lennon, Edouard will not be available just yet.

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The Hoops talisman missed last weekend’s Premiership derby against Rangers after testing positive for Covid on international duty.

Although Edouard raced back to Glasgow in a bid to potentially make the game, he was forced to sit out after undertaking assessments.

He is now expected to go through more protocols and testing ahead of this weekend’s Aberdeen game at Pittodrie.

 

Christopher Jullien and James Forrest remain out, although Lennon was able to confirm that Ryan Christie would be back in the squad.

“Ryan Christie will be back in the squad,” the Celtic boss told reporters, as quoted by Glasgow Live.

“Odsonne is undergoing some health and safety tests so that we can be as safe as possible for his return. We’re hoping to have him back for the weekend.

“Jullien and Forrest are still out.”

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Celtic are desperate to put their dismal Glasgow derby loss behind them, but Milan will be a tough foe, particularly in a Parkhead without fans spurring the Bhoys on.

And with Edouard still unable to participate, it’ll be even more difficult task for Lennon and co – it remains to be seen who’ll get the nod up front in the £19,000-a-week star’s absence.

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