Lennon banks on trust ahead of Old Firm derby

Celtic manager Neil Lennon will trust his players and backroom staff as he sits in the stand for the Old Firm derby.

Lennon completes his two-match touchline ban when Rangers visits Parkhead on Sunday but there could be more punishment to come after the Irishman was hit with three more charges from the Scottish Football Association yesterday.

The Clydesdale Bank Premier League champion was not affected on Sunday when Lennon was banished to the Fir Park stand as his side won 3-0 against Motherwell.

And he is confident his players and assistants Johan Mjallby, Alan Thompson and Garry Parker will be in the right mood against Rangers as Celtic looks to avenge last month's 3-2 Ibrox defeat, when it had two players and Lennon sent off.

Lennon, who is banned over comments made about Scottish Communities Cup final referee Willie Collum, told Celtic TV's Huddle Online: "Any game that you have to sit in the stand and watch is difficult but we prepared the team very well last week and we'll do the same this week.

"Sometimes you have to trust the players and say `just go and do it`.

"I have got good backroom staff as well in Johan, Alan and Garry.

"They will prepare the players and make sure the players are in the right frame of mind."

Lennon was yesterday accused of three rule breaches relating to his reaction to his team's William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final defeat by Hearts on April 15.

The former Northern Ireland midfielder was hit with a misconduct charge after confronting Euan Norris over his decision to award Hearts a late penalty for handball.

Lennon, who has until Thursday to respond with a hearing pencilled in for seven days later, also faces two charges relating to comments made on Twitter.

Meanwhile, the Celtic boss hopes to field more young players in the final four games of the Scottish Premier League season after teenager Tony Watt netted a double on his debut against Motherwell.

Lennon said: "I was delighted for him. He has looked good in training, he has done well this season and improved very, very well.

"We have had him around the first team for the last two or three weeks and just felt it was a good opportunity to see what he could do.

"Everyone associated with the club and the supporters wants to see homegrown players come through.

"That was a great debut for him and he has a lot to live up to now."

Dylan McGeouch could now feature against Rangers after starring in Celtic's 8-0 win over Queen of the South in the SFA Youth Cup final.

"We hope more will make the step-up next season," Lennon said.

"I'm hoping to blood a few more before the end of this season but we'll just have to see how things go.

"Dylan had an exceptionally good game on Monday and he'll be back amongst the squad at the weekend."

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