Date: 28th October 2013 at 9:25am
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Neil Lennon is convinced that Amido Balde will shine at Celtic.

The summer signing scored his second competitive goal of the season in yesterday’s 2-1 win over Partick Thistle.

Balde has struggled to get into Lennon’s starting XI and looked on from the substitute’s bench as Virgil van Dijk was thrown into attack during the League Cup defeat from Morton.

That decision left some supporters thinking that the former Vitoria Giumareas man wasn’t in Lennon’s plans but after watching Balde net the winner at Firhill Lennon was highly complimentary of his matchwinner.

“We know what we have got with Amido,” the Celtic boss said. “He knows and we know that he is here for the long haul and we are going to try to polish off the rough edges that he has.

“We think he has got great attributes and we saw that today.

“He has been very patient. He understands where he is within the squad and he will be a good player for Celtic.

“I have maintained that as the season progresses we will see more of Amido.

“He hasn’t got frustrated, he is listening and trying to learn and you can see he brings a different dimension to the team.

“When things get a bit physical, he is a great option to have and I thought his goal was terrific.”

Lennon will assess injuries to Emilio Izaguirre and Georgios Samaras this week but is hopeful that Kris Commons, Charlie Mulgrew, James Forrest and Derk Boerrigter will be available to face Dundee United at the weekend.