Lennon has trust in team ahead of Old Firm
Updated Friday, 27th April 2012
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 visit 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 on Thursday.
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'."
He added: "I have got good backroom staff as well in Johan (Mjallby), Alan (Thompson) and Garry (Parker). They will prepare the players and make sure the players are in the right frame of mind."
Lennon was on Thursday 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 SPL season after teenager Tony Watt netted a double on his debut against Motherwell.
"I was delighted for him. He has looked good in training, he has done well this season and improved very, very well," said Lennon. "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."