Neil Lennon to test Celtic against Inter

Neil Lennon will use the Dublin Cup game against Inter Milan in Ireland on Saturday to prepare for Celtic's forthcoming Europa League campaign.

The Hoops' boss made 11 changes to the side which beat Hibernian 2-0 in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League at Easter Road on Sunday for last night's friendly against Wolves at Parkhead and lost by the same score.



Jamie O'Hara's free-kick after 28 minutes gave the Barclays Premier League club the interval lead, doubled after the break with an own goal by second-half substitute Filip Twardzik, who had come on for Cha Du-ri.



Lennon will now pick a team for the match against the Italian giants - before a game against an Irish select side on Sunday - and he will do so with Europe in mind.



"We are up against really good opposition in Inter Milan in the first game," the Irishman said.



"So I am looking to put out a really strong team.



"A good chunk of players who didn't play last night will play in that game.



"We might look at a different variation in the way we line up.



"Obviously we are playing against a very good European side so it is good to experiment and see what we can do away from home in Europe in that type of game."



Before then Lennon will decide whether to offers contracts to any of his trialists who featured last night.



Croatian keeper Stipe Pletikosa played his second trial match following the match against Cardiff last week.



South African striker Katlego Mphela started the game and was replaced at the break by Slovakian striker Milos Lacny.



Lennon said: "We will speak to them over the next couple of days, probably before we go to Dublin."



Wolves manager Mick McCarthy made a successful return to his old stomping ground and afterwards he praised his Scotland defender Christophe Berra for fighting back from the disappointment of being dropped at the end of last season.



He said: "He is a good character. He had a good season last season.



"I left him out towards the end and I think his nose was out of joint because I did.



"But I was trying to find a formula to win some games, which we did, we took seven points from the last 12 so the decision was vindicated.



"He is back in the side and is having a good pre-season so he needs to stay in the side."



Source: PA

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker