It could be a difficult night for Celtic’s full-backs against Sarajevo. That is according to Hoops boss Neil Lennon. The Celtic manager has indicated that Celtic’s Champions League opponents on Tuesday are particularly strong in the wide areas.
🗣️ NL on @FK_Sarajevo: "They're very good in the wide areas and their full backs are strong. As with any tie at this stage, it will be difficult."
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) July 8, 2019
Therefore, it looks like it will be a big test for whoever Celtic’s full-backs are. The right-back is likely to be Anthony Ralston. Whilst the left-back position will be taken up by either Jonny Hayes, or new signing Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo.
Current first choice
Ralston didn’t often feature for the Hoops last season. However, with Mikael Lustig not at the club any more, he is for the moment the first-choice right-back.
Meanwhile, at left-back, with Kieran Tierney still out, either Hayes will need to play in a position that isn’t natural, or Mbombo will be given his first-team debut.
A big test for the players
It will be a test in particular for Ralston, who has found first-team chances difficult to come by.
Hayes has at least played for the Hoops at left-back. Whilst Mbombo has played there on a regular basis for his former club Rapid Vienna.
It is not going to be an easy game for the Hoops. Champions League qualifiers never usually are. However, if the full-backs can turn in a good performance it would be a huge boost for the rest of the team.