Lennon not ready to risk stars

Commons and Stokes face late fitness tests

Neil Lennon: The Celtic boss does not want to risk his players in their Champions League qualifier against HJK Helsinki on Wednesday

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Neil Lennon is planning to play a waiting game ahead of Celtic's UEFA Champions League qualifier against HJK Helsinki on Wednesday.

The Hoops boss is sweating over the fitness of stars Kris Commons and Anthony Stokes who are rated as doubtful for the match.

The pair picked up injuries in the 1-1 friendly draw with Inter Milan at Parkhead on Saturday and will face a late fitness tests before possibly being declared fit.

But Lennon would rather play the game without the duo even if they are declared fit rather than risk them being injured for the start of the league campaign on Saturday.

"We are still waiting on Anthony and Kris, they did a bit of light training today, which is a significant step in the right direction, so we will see how they are in the morning," he said.

"We will do a light session in the morning and see how they get through from there but it is so early in the season, it is difficult to envisage taking many risks with any of the players."