Lennon hopeful of Rogne fitness

Defender made his Celtic return in a 4-1 win over Hibs

Thomas Rogne: Celtic maanger Neil Lennon hopes to keep the talented youngster fit as he looks to mount an assault on the Rangers' point deficit.

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Celtic boss Neil Lennon is keen to keep Thomas Rogne fit for the rest of the season, describing him as a huge bonus to the team.

Rogne started his first game of the season on Wednesday after injury as Celtic beat Hibernian 4-1 in the Scottish Communities League Cup quarter-finals.

The Norway Under-21 defender last played for the Hoops against Kilmarnock in May but has since struggled with his rehabilitation, missing the majority of pre-season.

But Lennon has hailed the player's ability, knowing the boost he could offer his squad as they look to catch league leaders Rangers who sit ten points clear of their Old Firm rivals.

"I think he is a very talented player but he has had his injury problems," Lennon said.

"He missed most of the pre-season with a calf-injury and he was a little bit slow in his rehab.

Good temperament

"But he went away with Norway and had a couple of Under-21 games and some of our scouts over there said he did well.

"He has also looked a bit more like it in training the last few weeks.

"We gave him an hour in a bounce (friendly) game against Rangers on Monday and he came through that okay.

"I like the cut of him, he has a good temperament and a good composure and you can see he has improved the physical side of his game as well.

"If he can stay injury-free he will be a huge bonus."