Celtic Boss "Trusts" Strachan

Celtic manager Neil Lennon trusts Gordon Strachan to utilise his players sensibly when Scotland take on Estonia next Wednesday night.

Scott Brown, Charlie Mulgrew, Kris Commons and James Forrest have all been included in Strachan's first international squad for the friendly at Pittodrie. Commons, Forrest and Mulgrew scored the goals in Celtic's 3-0 William Hill Scottish Cup fifth-round win over Raith yesterday to earn a quarter-final tie against St Mirren in Paisley in March. 

Lennon is mindful of his side's Champions League last-16 clash with Juventus on February 16, and has been in touch with the new Scotland manager to give his views. 

He said: "I have spoken to Gordon about the Scottish players and he understands my situation. "I have every trust in Gordon to deal with that properly. "I haven't asked him not to play them. James could do with some game-time, Kris might need a wee run-out while Scott and Charlie have played all season. "I'll leave that up to Gordon. I'm not going to pick his team for him. "But of all the weeks to have international games... I don't who decides or puts these dates in place. "We have got the biggest game in four or five years at the club coming - and we have players all over the world. "It's a concern. We've got at least seven or eight players away.'' 

Commons is looking forward to meeting Strachan for the first time. He said: ``It's a good opportunity to meet up with the guys and from my point of view it's a chance to meet Gordon. "I've never met him before and I'm looking forward to coming face to face with him. "Whether or not I get game time - I don't know.''