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Young Bhoys to get a run in clash of Hoops at Tallaght

Neil Lennon will lead a youthful Celtic XI at Tallaght Stadium tonight to face Shamrock Rovers in a friendly likely to fill the ground to its 6,500 capacity.

Sunday's Old Firm clash at Ibrox and Celtic's injury worries have prevented Tony Mowbray from allowing any of his bigger names to travel for tonight's match.

With the demise of the SPL Reserve League, Celtic have renamed their side the development squad, with tonight's match with Rovers following on from a 3-0 win over Drogheda earlier this month.

Former club captain Lennon is in charge tonight alongside legendary full-back Danny McGrain, and is anticipating another good test against eircom League opponents.

Lennon said: "We are looking forward to Dublin, to play Shamrock Rovers as part of their pre-season preparations and we're expecting a tough, physical match.

Mindset

"The game also gives our fans based in Ireland an opportunity to see the boys in action in their own backyard. We have taken all types of games on recently, and have been down south and played non-league teams, Championship and Premier League teams.

"We have also been across to Ireland to play other teams -- so it's great that the boys will have played in stadiums they have probably have never played in before.

"They have also travelled together long-distances now and all that adds to the experience of trying to get that into that first-team mentality.

"We try and take these games on with that aim. The training and preparation is all geared towards that. During this year we have seen a big change in their mindset.

"I'm sure the match against Shamrock Rovers will be an occasion enjoyed by both sets of players and supporters alike," he said.


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