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Neil Lennon casts doubt on Scott Brown’s Hampden role

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Neil Lennon has cast doubt over the assumption that Scott Brown will be in his starting XI to play Hearts on Sunday.

The club captain has missed the last two matches allowing Ismaila Soro and David Turnbull to come into the side and make an impression as Celtic won their first back-to-back matches since September.

Yesterday, in an interview with BB Scotland, Lennon referenced Brown as a club icon but in his lunchtime media conference there was a strong hint that that status won’t earn a starting slot.

Lennon has a number of big decisions to make about Sunday’s side including the issue of goalkeeper where Conor Hazard is the man currently in possession but has just two Celtic appearances to his name.

Ryan Christie and Jeremie Frimpong are contending for a place wide right and although Odsonne Edouard is the first-choice striker his recent form has been unconvincing.

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