Lennon says Celtic duo Rogic and Ntcham available for Old Firm derby

Neil Lennon, Interim manager of Celtic arrives at the stadium prior to the Scottish Cup quarter final match between Hibernian and Celtic at Easter Road on March 02, 2019 in Edinburgh,...

Celtic duo Tom Rogic and Olivier Ntcham are set to return, says Neil Lennon.

Olivier Ntcham of Celtic battles for possession with Peter Haring of Heart of Midlothian F.C. during the Betfred Scottish League Cup Semi Final between Heart of Midlothian FC and Celtic FC...

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has told The Scotsman that midfielders Tom Rogic and Olivier Ntcham will be available for the Old Firm derby against Rangers.

The Hoops will take on Rangers at Celtic Park in the Scottish Premiership after the two-week international break.

Rogic has been on the sidelines with a knee injury for the past few weeks, while Ntcham has been struggling with a hamstring problem.

 

Celtic boss Lennon, appointed in the role until the end of the season following the departure of Brendan Rodgers to Leicester City in the Premier League, has said that both the 26-year-old Australia international midfielder and the 23-year-old French midfielder will be back for the Old Firm derby against Rangers.

Lennon told The Scotsman: “I’m optimistic that he’ll be able to play against Rangers – and the same applies to Olivier Ntcham as well.

“I think we’ve missed his game-changing ability in the time I’ve been here so far. We’ve missed that maverick kind of player and little bit of creativity.”

#23 Tom Rogic runs during an Australia training session at Tahnoun Bin Mohammed Stadium on January 18, 2019 in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates.

Boost for Celtic

Celtic are as many as eight points clear of second-placed Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premiership table at the moment and will head into the match against the Gers high on confidence.

The Hoops have the best squad in Scotland, and with Rogic and Ntcham set to return, the Glasgow giants will certainly be huge favourites to win the game against Steven Gerrard’s team.

Neil Lennon, Interim manager of Celtic acknowledges the fans following the Scottish Cup quarter final match between Hibernian and Celtic at Easter Road on March 02, 2019 in Edinburgh,...

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