Lennon sees benefits of Celtic’s North American pre-season

Celtic boss Neil Lennon believes the pre-season tour of North America will ensure the Hoops are more than ready for their Champions League qualifier.

The Hoops kick off the tour when they face Philadelphia Union, before taking on Manchester United, Seattle Sounders and Sporting Lisbon.

"If you look at the opposition, you have different types of teams," he told Celtic's official website.

"You have Philadelphia. Then we play Manchester United, one of the best teams in the world.

"So the players will get a good look at the quality of players they will be playing in the next few weeks.

"The Philadelphia game will be important in just getting back into the groove, getting back into the fitness side of things. Allied to that, Philadelphia will give us a tough game.

"The players are just focused on getting some football time on the pitch as they have done quite a bit of fitness work over the last week or so."

He added: "It's important that we avoid injury, which is why we have brought two squads with us, and also that we give the players enough playing time before we go back to the Champions League at the end of the tour."

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