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Neil Lennon explains surprise omission

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Neil Lennon has revealed that a knee problem was behind Chris Jullien’s absence against Hamilton Accies today.

Nir Bitton stepped in to partner Kris Ajer in defence as Celtic recorded a 3-0 win away to Hamilton to make it three wins in a row in the SPFL.

Discussing Jullien at 14.42 today on their live blog BBC Scotland reported Lennon saying:

Just a slight knee problem he picked up in the cup final that’s been gnawing away at him and we didn’t want to take a chance with him on this [artificial] surface. He should be okay for the Dundee United game on Wednesday.

It was a miserable afternoon on the plastic at Hamilton as Storm Bella battered the players with driving rain and winds of up to 60mph.

Diego Laxalt also missed out with Greg Taylor coming in at left-back with the midfield unchanged with Leigh Griffiths and Odsonne Edouard paired again in attack.

After a goal-less first half Edouard opened the scoring in the 49th minute from the penalty spot, five minutes later the Frenchman was the provider as he set up Griffiths for Celtic’s second goal.

It was one way traffic through the second half with David Turnbull scoring the third for the visitors in the 74th minute to complete the scoring.

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