Neil Lennon has voiced his concerns over the way that international football has diluted the quality of his squad and others across the globe as the Scottish Champions could be without four key players for Saturday’s derby clash.

Odsonne Edouard, Nir Bitton and Hatem Abd Elhamed all returned positive tests for Covid-19 while playing for their countries and Ryan Christie was also told to isolate as the midfielder was in close contact with Stuart Armstrong.

The Celtic manager is right to question why international football has been able to continue, if it does indeed continue the way it has been then club level football might not be able to finish for a second season in a row which could have a catastrophic impact on lower level teams.

Lennon spoke with Sky Sports:

“It can’t go on the way it’s going because we’ve lost four players.

“Not just us, other clubs as well – even countries. Look at the Czech Republic in the previous round, they had to completely change the squad. It dilutes the quality and the integrity of the competition.

“It’s very difficult for me to say, ‘Look, you’re not going and playing for your country’. That’s something I would never want to do to a player but these are unprecedented times and we’re in a very, very difficult situation.

“Even at home, the virus seems to be ramping up again. Ideally, we don’t want them to travel but we’re not going to point the finger at them and tell them they can’t go.”