Alex Bruce admits that the prospect of a fixture pile-up is a “nightmare” for Neil Lennon after two Celtic games were postponed.
The former Kilmarnock defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists that the Hoops will not want to be playing catch up to the rest of the Premiership.
It was announced on Tuesday that the Hoops fixtures against both St Mirren and Aberdeen had been postponed as a result of Boli Bolingoli’s breach of quarantine protocols.
Following the announcement today that #CelticFC’s next two SPFL Premiership matches, against St Mirren on Wednesday and Aberdeen on Saturday have been postponed, our next fixture will be the #UCL first qualifying round tie against KR Reykjavik.
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) August 11, 2020
Bruce insists that no player wants to be a handful of games behind their rivals and claims that the Bhoys’ squad will be feeling the added pressure as a result.
Bruce told Football Insider: “It’s a nightmare for Lennon but with everything that’s going on you’ve got to be vigilant to the rules.
“It’s thrown them out a little bit and they have to play catch up in a different kind of way now. It just puts that little extra bit of pressure on the team.
“We won’t know in terms of how many points behind they’re going to be but playing catch up isn’t something you really want to do, you want to be on an even field, playing when your opposition’s playing and you don’t want to be playing catch up in any way, shape or form.
“I’m sure they’re all very frustrated.”
Bolingoli breached health and safety procedures by travelling to Spain without informing the club and without undertaking the necessary period of isolation stated by the UK Government.
The Hoops have won one and drawn one of the their opening two Premiership games and could be 11 points behind table-toppers Rangers when they next play in the league.
In other Celtic news, a Glasgow-born international has been tipped to sign for the Hoops after approach made.