NEIL LENNON admits Odsonne Edouard looked off the pace against Riga – but he insists the striker ISN’T injured.
Celtic booked their place in the Europa League play-off with a 1-0 victory over Riga in Latvia.
But the Hoops struggled to break their opponents down and it took a 90th-minute strike by Mohamed Elyounoussi to clinch the win.
Edouard didn’t put in his best performance during the game and was eventually replaced by the Norwegian international in the second half.
It comes after the Frenchman missed Celtic’s Premiership victory over Livingston last weekend.
And speaking after the win over Riga, Lennon admitted Edouard wasn’t at it his best.
He said: “Tonight he looked a little bit off the pace. We’ll see how he is for the weekend.
“But he’s fine, there are no injury issues with him at all.”
Celtic take on third-placed Hibs in the league this weekend before travelling to Bosnia and Herzegovina to face Sarajevo next Thursay.
And the Hoops will be relying on Edouard to get back to his best and fire them to the Europa League group stage.
Meanwhile, Lennon hailed his players’ mentality following their win over Riga in Latvia.
He said: “I thought we were very good. We had to wait a long time for the goal. Sometimes that happens in football.
“I thought we were excellent and our mentality was good. We missed a couple of really good chances to make life a little bit easier for us.
“Moi’s come up with a great goal and I’m delighted with the performance.
“It’s not easy playing away from home but it was a good performance and a very important win.
“It takes two teams to make a game watchable and Riga set out their intentions from very early on.
“Frimpong was superb second half. He’s put two beautiful crosses in and we should have scored off both of them.
“Then he comes up with another really good one. Albian makes a good run across the defender and a fantastic finish by Moi.
“Moi’s been out of the team for a few games and hasn’t been at his best but he’s trained brilliantly and he sets a great example for the rest of the squad.
“He comes up with a really important goal and I couldn’t be happier for him.”