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Lennon bemoans fresh start

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Neil Lennon has joined Terry Butcher in criticising the early start to the Clydesdale Bank Premier League season.

With a view to improving Scottish clubs' chances in Europe, the new campaign begins this weekend but Butcher described it as "farcical", claiming that most clubs have still not assembled their squads. Hoops boss Lennon, whose side travel to Easter Road on Sunday to play Hibernian, backed his Caley counterpart.

"I go along with that," the Parkhead boss said.

"It's too early. I can understand the reasoning or the thinking behind it.

"But we finished on the 21st of May and we were back in on the 23rd June and the season is starting on Sunday.

"Some of my players have had a fortnight's break.

"Physically they are all right but you wonder about mental fatigue kicking in, maybe not early in the season but maybe later on in the season so we have to be wary of that.

"We are going to have to negotiate Sunday as best we can, get through that hopefully and get a positive result.

"We have prepared as best we can.

"It should be a good atmosphere, the pitch should be in good condition and we hope to pick up the tempo as quickly as possible."

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