Football - Lennon welcomes selection headache

Neil Lennon is happy to have a growing selection dilemma ahead of Celtic's William Hill Scottish Cup final against Hibernian at Hampden in a fortnight's time.

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Neil Lennon has welcomed the selection headache he faces ahead of the William Hill Scottish Cup final

After resting players at different times over the past few weeks, the Hoops manager had most of his big guns back and ready to finish the season in style, if the 4-0 thumping of St Johnstone at Parkhead on the day the Clydesdale Bank Premier champions were presented with their SPL trophy, was anything to go by.

"We have a team in mind obviously, but we have Dundee United and I want to go strong for that game and keep the players ticking over," he said. "I don't want to rest players any more. They have had a break and I want performances like the one against St Johnstone that until the end of the season."

The Northern Irishman reiterated why he had allowed some players to go on holiday at different times over the past fortnight.

He said: "It was a necessity because of the short close season that we are going to have.

"Players are going to be playing international football in the first week of June and some even into the second week.

"We have huge (Champions League qualifying) games more or less straight away and they are very difficult to overcome."

Lennon described the returning Scott Brown's performance as "amazing" and he also praised James Forrest, whose season has been hit by injuries.

"I just think James is a fantastic player when he plays like that," he said. "He gives us such an extra dimension, he can play in any position across the pitch and play it so well.

"He gets that five-yard burst away from players but his close control is fantastic. It was another exceptional performance from him."

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