Neil Lennon holding his breath

  • Last Updated: October 11 2012, 8:21 BST

Neil Lennon will "sit on the fence" as he watches his Celtic warriors do battle in Friday night's crunch 2014 World Cup qualifier between Wales and Scotland.

Neil Lennon: Expecting a 'tasty' clash

The Parkhead club could have six players on show at the Cardiff City Stadium after midfielder Kris Commons was drafted into the Scotland squad to join up with Scott Brown, James Forrest and Charlie Mulgrew, while Chris Coleman's side could include Adam Matthews and Joe Ledley.

Lennon steps back from predicting who will come out on top in what is sure to be a feisty encounter between two sides whose hopes of qualifying out of Group A are already slim.

He is more concerned about all his players staying clear of injury, especially with a Champions League clash against Barcelona in the Nou Camp coming up.

"I am thinking of going to the game but I don't know if that is a good idea or not," said the Northern Irishman.

"There was plenty of banter flying around but I hope there is not too much fur flying at the game.

"It will be tasty, that's for sure.

"I think at the minute Scotland are in a better place but Wales are at home and will need a result to get Chris's campaign going.

"They have some highly talented individual players and if they can put it all together they can still be a force to be reckoned with.

"I am just going to sit on the fence."

Wales have lost their opening two Group A games to Belgium and Serbia, with under-fire boss Chris Coleman looking for his first win since taking over from the late Gary Speed.

The Scots, for their part, drew their double-header at home to Serbia and Macedonia last month which has increased pressure on both countries to get a win.

Defender Andy Webster believes it would be foolish for the Scots to concentrate too much on Gareth Bale.

The Tottenham wideman is widely believed to pose the biggest threat to the chances of Craig Levein's side garnering the three points needed to keep qualification hopes alive.

However, Webster insists there are several in Chris Coleman's team who are worth watching.

"Gareth Bale is an outstanding footballer, but Wales have quality throughout," he told the Evening Times.

"You see Bale playing for Spurs in the English Premier League and he is a tremendous talent. He is fast, a powerful runner and he is scoring goals. He also has a terrific delivery and can hit a free-kick.

"But Wales have other top players who will be every bit as important for us to watch out for.

"They have Joe Allen, who moved to Liverpool during the summer, and Joe Ledley, one of Celtic's most important players, and they've got quality strikers playing in the Premier League.

"They will be a very good side but, on the other hand, I believe we have an exceptionally good team as well. I think, with the standard of players we have in our squad, it's going to be a competitive match."


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