Interim manager John Kennedy has named his Celtic team for today’s Scottish Premiership clash v Dundee United at Tannadice, per the official club website.
The full match squad is as follows:
Starting XI – Bain, Kenny, Welsh, Ajer, Laxalt, Brown, McGregor, Turnbull, Christie, Elyounoussi, Edouard.
Substitutes – Barkas, Duffy, Griffiths, Ajeti, Klimala, Soro, Rogic, Forrest, Montgomery.
If Celtic want to delay Rangers’ title victory, today is a must-win occasion. Dropped points will mean the Ibrox side visit Celtic Park in two weeks as champions.
Nobody wants that to happen, nor for Steven Gerrard’s team to actually win the trophy at Paradise, so we really need results over these two games.
Kennedy isn’t shying away from that challenge, naming a strong eleven for the encounter.
The headline news, with a lack of selection surprises, is that winger James Forrest returns to the match squad, finding a place on the bench after his long absence.
Elsewhere Mohamed Elyounoussi comes into the starting eleven at the expense of Patryk Klimala.
Today’s game is not on the club’s ‘Pass To Paradise’ streaming service for season ticket holders as it takes place away from home.
Celtic TV will be broadcasting live coverage, for subscribers to the separate service, outside of the UK & Ireland.
The match will be broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football.
For those who cannot tune in there, BBC Radio Scotland is providing live audio commentary online.
Supporters in the USA can watch on ESPN+. The match is on 46 channels in 82 countries [Celts On TV].
Fan reaction to Celtic team v Dundee United
As you can imagine, the Forrest return is a big positive for supporters. We’ve badly missed his goal contributions since September and he could add a real threat in the closing stages of the season.
Elsewhere there’s a bit of annoyance that Ismaila Soro still can’t find his way into the team and there’s a lack of real freshness to the eleven from the Neil Lennon days.
These supporters have taken to Twitter share their thoughts…
yasss wee Forrest back
— john ronnie (@ronniebhoy500) March 7, 2021
James Forrest is back, the league is back on
— Michael McCormack (@MikeMcCormack07) March 7, 2021
A Neil Lennon team selection if I ever saw one 🤦🏼♂️
— Mark Murphy ⭐️ (@Markyjig) March 7, 2021
Poor Soro man. What did the guy do to deserve being dropped like this
— Celtic Fc To The Core (@CelticFc_Core) March 7, 2021
Forrest on the bench 🤩 https://t.co/K0DDKZfOge
— Connor (@ConnorB_67) March 7, 2021
James Forrest is back 🥺🥺🥺😭
My day is made https://t.co/5fA4mC6ZeN
— shannon 🍀 (@Shannonxmcauley) March 7, 2021
Forrest back thank the lord https://t.co/XAXvVSeYqS
— Seán Markus Clifford (@seanmarkus_67) March 7, 2021
FORREST my prince your back 😘😘 https://t.co/fcbFVvWlLZ
— Liam 😞 (@Liambackup67) March 7, 2021