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Lennon urges Scotland's Stark to rest Celtic stars

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has urged Scotland caretaker boss Billy Stark to give his star players a break this week.

The Scots take on Luxembourg in a friendly on Wednesday night and Lennon hopes the likes of Charlie Mulgrew and Kris Commons are not taken on the trip after a heavy schedule at club level recently.

Lennon is wondering why there is a friendly being played now considering there was a 2014 World Cup qualifying double header last month and just hopes that sense prevails in regards to the non-selection of his players and not just those in the Scotland team.

"I hope the Scottish lads don't play. I'm actually going to speak to a few international coaches this week," he said.

"Why these fixtures have been arranged I don't know. We're only a month after a double-header.

"What are coaches going to find out about players they don't already know? Unless they want to blood new players.

"In the middle of all our games this is the last thing my players and I need.

"The two Scottish boys would be going, Beram Kayal, Georgios Samaras and Victor Wanyama as well. I'm not sure about Efe Ambrose and Miku.

"The Welsh lads, Joe Ledley and Adam Matthews, have got a get-together in Cardiff which is passable. But in terms of guys travelling halfway round the world for a friendly, I'm pretty concerned about it with the games we've got coming up.

"I've spoken to Billy already but I might give him a call again on Monday. I don't even know if Charlie is fit enough to play.

"I think Billy is sympathetic, he knows what's going on. That's the reason Scott Brown is not in the squad."

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