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Bhoys are in a bad way for Saints trip: Lennon

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has offered St Mirren some hope ahead of today's Scottish Premier League clash in Paisley.

Lennon (below) had 35 players away on international duty last week and is still waiting on four players coming back ahead of the trip to St Mirren Park, which takes place before Tuesday night's Champions League clash with Barcelona at the Nou Camp.

In addition to having little time to spend with his players before their league campaign resumes -- Georgios Samaras, Emilio Izaguirre, Miku and Victor Wanyama will join up with the squad today -- Lennon is aware that in September his side lost to then-bottom side St Johnstone ahead of their Champions League meeting with Benfica.

He said: "It is always a good time to play us because we have so many players away and coming back from Timbuktu to Glasgow. You worry about the mental and physical fatigue. I won't get players back until today and it is a 12.30pm kick-off.


"We had our fingers burnt against St Johnstone in the same situation, so we need to pick a team good enough and fresh enough to beat St Mirren."

Lennon denied contract talks with Gary Hooper had broken down and was unimpressed with reports claiming his star striker could be on his way to Liverpool.

Scott Brown and James Forrest are unlikely to feature today.

Skipper Brown was substituted at half-time during Scotland's World Cup qualifier against Wales in Cardiff last Friday due to his ongoing hip complaint and missed the game against Belgium in Brussels on Tuesday night.

Winger Forrest missed both matches with a groin strain, while Kris Commons is a doubt with a hamstring complaint.