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.

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

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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

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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.

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