Celtic boss Lennon glad of winter break

The Bhoys manager feels his players have earned a rest and will be taking them to Marbella in Spain when the Scottish Premier League halts its fixtures for a fortnight in January
Celtic manager Neil Lennon welcomes the opportunity to rest his players when the SPL takes a two-week winter break in January.

Following a packed festive schedule involving matches against Dundee and Hibernian, the Bhoys' home game against Motherwell on January 2 will be their last league fixture for over two weeks.

Lennon told the press: "We're looking forward to the break. The players are into the mid-30s in terms of games, so it is coming at a good time for everyone.

"It will give the players a chance to refresh themselves mentally and give their bodies a rest for a week.

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"We're going to Spain for a week's training and hopefully a bounce game at the end of it, then we'll come back and do a mini pre-season training camp and get ready to go again."

Before that, however, the Celtic boss is aiming to carry his table-topping side's four-game SPL winning streak through the holiday matches.

"I don't expect us to pull away but I expect us to kick on," the 41-year-old continued. "We are playing well at the minute and had an excellent second half on Saturday [a 4-0 win over Ross County], a really good, top-quality performance from everyone.

"With the likes of James Forrest coming back to the team, he gives us an extra dimension as well.

"The players have acquitted themselves brilliantly so far and we are halfway through the season and obviously we would just like to keep that going now.

"Whether other teams can stay with us, I don't know, but it doesn't look like Inverness are letting up, while Aberdeen had a good win at the weekend, so the league is still very vibrant."