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Neil Lennon admits he will have to juggle his squad as the games continue to come thick and fast for Celtic.

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Neil Lennon: Admits he will have to juggle his squad as he prepares for Morton

Neil Lennon: Admits he will have to juggle his squad as he prepares for Morton

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The League Cup tie against Morton at Parkhead on Tuesday will be Celtic's 14th competitive match of the season and Lennon concedes he will have to rest some key men, particularily wing-back Adam Matthews.

Lennon said: "Adam was tight in the hamstring and took a sore one on the ankle and we couldn't push him any more.

"He was really tired, as a few of them are now. Everyone thinks we have a big squad - we don't, and we have had a lot of heavy games already.

"We are trying to balance it but it is not easy. If the game had been on Sunday it would have given us a lot more time to prepare properly.

"What we have to be aware of is injuries. With only a two-day recovery from a Champions League game you have a 40 to 50 per cent better chance of picking up more injuries than with a three-day recovery so we are looking at that as well.

"I will use my squad (against Morton) but it is a competition I want to progress in.

"I would like to keep the momentum going. The players are playing well but I have to strike a balance in terms of resting players and giving other players a chance to play."

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