Celtic’s season in multiple competitions rumbles on today as Neil Lennon and his squad continue their defence of the Scottish Cup.
Winners of the tournament for the last three seasons, the team will again have this trophy in their sights this term with the potential of a quadruple-treble in the offing.
Clyde may be lower league opposition but with the game being held in potentially brutal weather and with the history of a cup shock dominating the narrative heading into today’s match, nothing can be taken for granted.
Lennon is likely to rotate his team while still naming a strong lineup.
It’s unlikely to be a reserves and kids select, despite our opponents currently struggling in Scottish League One.
However, it could be a return to the more familiar 4-2-3-1 formation we’ve seen in recent years, with there being no need to start both Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths for this one.
Our schedule is very heavy right now and any chance to rest some key talents would be welcome.
Other attacking talents, such as Mohamed Elyounoussi, Tom Rogic and Ryan Christie also need game time after injuries and fitness problems.
Christie has featured from the bench in recent matches but this is the perfect game to test his legs from the start. Likewise with Rogic.
Elyounoussi meanwhile hasn’t started a match since 8th December but managed to make the bench against Motherwell on Wednesday night.
Lennon said of the trio this week to The Scottish Sun: “Ryan Christie’s only had a few half-hours, but he’s fully fit now and he’ll definitely come into our thinking for the Clyde game. Mohamed Elyounoussi and Tom Rogic aren’t a million miles away.”
Scott Bain could come into the side in order to give Fraser Forster a cup rest. Bain has been missing for most of the season with a hand injury but has recently found his way back onto the bench.
It could also be a great occasion to let Patryk Klimala show what he can do from the start of a game after cameos late in matches since signing in January.
With Ismaila Soro also potentially included in the matchday squad, we could even see a debut.
There may be a temptation to rest either Scott Brown or Callum McGregor who have both played a lot of football this season, but in a blood and guts cup game played in potentially crazy weather, that duo could provide us with the familiar base we need to get the result.
Ultimately this is one of the hardest to predict elevens of the season given the options at Lennon’s disposal, but I’ll give it a good go anyway.
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