Neil Lennon isn’t in the business of keeping his full-back’s happy- he’d rather that they kept him happy!
At the end of last season there was a clear out in that area of the side with Emilio Izaguirre, Cristian Gamboa and Mikael Lustig out of contract. Jeremy Toljan returned to Borussia Dortmund while it quickly became clear that Kieran Tierney was destined for Arsenal.
Lennon was left with Tony Ralston and Jonny Hayes as he started pre-season training but that area of the team was significantly boosted as the transfer window came to an end.
In the last three matches Hatem Abd Elhamed, Mortitz Bauer and Jeremie Toljan have played at right-back. On the opposite side Hayes stood in for Boli Bolingoli against Partick Thistle with Greg Taylor waiting in the wings to make his debut.
Asked about keeping six players happy Lennon said:
Look, I’m not here to keep them happy. Everyone says how do you keep them happy but they all have to play well. In mid-July we didn’t have a right-back in the building. We managed to do good business and get three in, we’ve got a couple of left-back’s in as well now, that’s what we needed. It was a necessity more than anything else.
So, it’s a job to keep them all happy. I can only pick 18 players for each squad, there is going to be a bit of disappointment here and there. We’re trying to rotate the playing staff as best we can.
With Christopher Jullien fit again Elhamed will be looking to return to right-back against Hibs with Bolingoli expected to be in the side at left-back.