Neil Lennon is quietly confident of having three key players available for Sunday’s League Cup Final.
Despite extending his ‘First XI’ out to around 15 players the hoops boss picked the same side for the first four Europa League matches including both matches against Lazio.
Hatem Abd Elhamed won’t be involved at Hampden but Jonny Hayes, Moi Elyounoussi and Boli Bolingoli all seem to be on course to play at Hampden.
Asked about the progress of those three players Lennon told The Sun:
Hamilton is probably too soon for them, but they have a very good chance for Sunday. If they are not fit they won’t play. We will go with what we’ve got because we are doing alright anyway.
It shows the strength of the squad, but I’d love to have those players back for the Hamilton game. That may not be the case, but I would be delighted if they are there on Sunday.
It is still only Tuesday so I am sort of loathe to speak about Sunday, it is about this game first. I will have a better idea by Friday about who is fit and available for the final.”
Odsonne Edouard is also being managed back to fitness after missing out against Rennes and Ross County due to a hamstring niggle.
Earlier in the season Celtic won 1-0 away to Hamilton but on the grass of Celtic Park Lennon will be looking for his side to continue their recent domestic form that knocked in four goals against Livingston and Ross County.