Neil Lennon has announced his Celtic team for today’s visit to Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership, per the official club website.
The full matchday squad is as follows:
Starting XI – Bain, Frimpong, Duffy, Ajer, Laxalt, McGregor, Ntcham, Rogic, Christie, Elyounoussi, Ajeti.
Substitutes – Hazard, Taylor, Brown, Griffiths, Klimala, Soro, Turnbull, Ralston, Welsh.
Today’s game is huge.
After back-to-back defeats against Rangers and AC Milan, the pressure is on Lennon and his team to bounce back and deliver a result today.
Falling further behind the Ibrox side at the top of the table is unthinkable.
The manager is clearly looking for something different from his team, naming a much-changed line-up and fielding what looks to be a different formation.
A back four is in place, moving away from the 3-5-2 system that had been in place recently.
Goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas also misses out on today’s match, with Scott Bain in goal and Conor Hazard on the bench.
Elsewhere, captain Scott Brown has been benched, and Tom Rogic returns to the starting eleven. Callum McGregor takes the captain’s armband.
Today’s match is not on the club’s ‘Pass To Paradise’ streaming service for season ticket holders as the match is away from home.
If you are outside of the UK & Ireland, Celtic TV will be broadcasting the fixture to subscribers.
In the United States, the match is also on the ESPN+ subscription service.
Those more local to Celtic Park can watch the game on Sky Sports Main Event or Sky Sports Football.
If you can’t tune in there, BBC Radio Scotland will be providing live commentary over the airwaves and online.
Supporters seem very excited to see Rogic get his opportunity to start. The Australian attacking midfielder looked very sharp coming off the bench against Milan on Thursday and has a great record against Aberdeen.
The new-look midfield has caught the imagination, especially for those who have been hoping for a reduced role from Brown.
It’s an exciting, attacking group.
Let’s hope they can get the job done.
These fans have taken to Twitter to share their thoughts…
Massive game. Looks like back to 4 at the back well need. Come on 🍀 https://t.co/Gm6BMJGSGV
— Paddy Mc Keever (@paddymckeever11) October 25, 2020
Gony go on a limb here and say we’ll win with a bit to spare today. Ntcham pulling the strings in front of the back 4 is where he needs to be. Let Rogic and McGregor run amok. Let this be the turning point Celtic eh.. https://t.co/1LvVqSyuPr
— AK (@Ants_K) October 25, 2020
A great starting 11, exactly what I think we need going into today’s game!
— Celtic Fc To The Core (@CelticFc_Core) October 25, 2020
Big Duffy must’ve injured the goalie right enough😂 No complaints about that team given the players available today. Probably the team/formation most fans would’ve chosen. https://t.co/8sCrRaYx1m
— Kieran Caw (@Kieran_Celtic) October 25, 2020
I like this very much https://t.co/XXmJuNbIcd
— James Doohan (@James_Doohan) October 25, 2020
Well heres the team everyones been crying out for since thursday, hopefully we get a win and none of this leaving it til late, get it finished by halftime and make a statement https://t.co/Fa6Pz3GYHN
— murfy (@Murphhyy_) October 25, 2020
Been asking for him since killie away in August, mon tam ya stallion lets no make me look any more stupid than a awready am https://t.co/GwLqjl0pGE
— kieran byrnes (@kbyrnes95) October 25, 2020
What a team to be fair. Surprised Barkas isn’t in the squad unless I’ve missed something but can’t be disappointed https://t.co/ILWQ5UL47H
— Paul Mcginley (@PaulMcG1994) October 25, 2020