Celtic trio receive Team GB Olympic invites

Adam Matthews and James Forrest in training
Matthews and Forrest have been impressive performers for Celtic this season

Celtic trio Scott Brown, James Forrest and Adam Matthews have been lined up as potential Great Britain players at the London 2012 Olympics.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon revealed that the players have been formally invited to participate by Team GB.

"We will sit down with them over the next few weeks and see what they are thinking," explained Lennon.

"My view is that football is not an Olympic sport. But if the players want to go, I'm not going to discourage it."

The Scottish Football Association, like its counterparts in Wales and Northern Ireland, has repeatedly expressed opposition to its players competing amid fears over the national team's independence.

However, Lennon's main concern is the proximity of the Olympics to the start of the 2012-13 domestic campaign.

"It's the timing of it with the start of the season next year or the [European] qualifiers," he added.

Celtic skipper Brown has been capped 27 times for Scotland and, at 26, would need to be one of the three over-age players permitted in what is otherwise an under-23 tournament.

Winger Forrest, 20, has made four senior appearances for Scotland, while 19-year-old full-back Matthews has five Wales caps.