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Back trouble forces Lennon on the attack

Neil Lennon will force Celtic to attack Udinese tonight to protect his dodgy defence.

It's been open season on the Celtic defence since they shipped four goals against Rangers at Ibrox with Glenn Loovens, Daniel Majstorovic and Fraser Forster in the firing line.

Despite somehow keeping a clean sheet against Inverness Caley Thistle on Saturday there was plenty to worry the Celtic boss ahead of tonight's Europa Cup clash with the side sitting joint top of Serie A with Juventus.

Udinese have left top scorer Antonio di Natale out of their squad for the match but Lennon doesn't intend getting involved in a defensive game of cat and mouse.

"We haven't had a settled back four and that's been part of the problem," the Celtic boss explained. "It wasn't great at times against Inverness at the weekend, but after half-time they gathered themselves a lot better.

"We could go in with a cautious approach against Udinese but I'm not so sure that caution is the best way forward.

"You can't be gung-ho either as this team will pick you off. So we have to try to find a balance.

"The European nights at Celtic Park are fantastic and it's down to the players to set the tone. So we will try to get on the front foot."

Lennon will have half an eye on Celtic's clash with Hearts on Sunday where he will have to play without captain Scott Brown.

The midfielder will visit a London specialist to assess his problem ankle and could be out of action for at least a month.

Meanwhile, Cillian Sheridan scored for St Johnstone against Hibs last night but he couldn't prevent the Perth side from losing 3-2. The Cavan-born former Celtic striker is on loan from Bulgarian outfit CSKA Sofia, and has scored three Scottish Premier League goals in his last two games.