Neil Lennon has named his Celtic team for today’s fixture away to Hibernian in the Scottish Premiership, per the official club website.
The full match squad is as follows:
Starting XI – Bain, Frimpong, Ajer, Bitton, Laxalt, Brown, McGregor, Rogic, Elyounoussi, Christie, Ajeti.
Substitutes – Barkas, Taylor, Duffy, Griffiths, Klimala, Ntcham, Edouard, Elhamed, Henderson.
Today’s match is a massive one given our precarious position behind Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premiership.
Dropping more points ahead of their match at home to Aberdeen tomorrow is unthinkable.
There were positive signs against Motherwell prior to the international break and we must build on that today, despite a tough test from Jack Ross’ Hibs.
To that end, the manager has named an unnamed eleven from that match against the Steelmen, with high profile players such as Shane Duffy and Odsonne Edouard again on the bench.
Albian Ajeti has again been trusted to lead the attack, aided by Tom Rogic, Mohamed Elyonoussi and Ryan Christie.
Today’s match is not on the club’s ‘Pass To Paradise’ streaming service for season ticket holders as it is away from home.
If you are outside of the UK & Ireland, Celtic TV will be broadcasting live coverage of the fixture.
The game is also not on Sky Sports after the broadcaster chose to air tomorrow’s Rangers vs Aberdeen fixture.
The only way to watch the match legally within the UK is via Hibernian’s PPV service, which you can access via this link. The fixture will cost £15. Former Celtic midfielder John Collins will join presenter David Tanner in the studio.
If you can’t watch that, BBC Radio Scotland will be providing live commentary over the airwaves and online.
The selection of Scott Bain ahead of Vasilis Barkas has raised eyebrows, as has the decision to keep Edouard on the bench. However, the manager clearly feels this group are best placed to pick up another three points.
You can’t blame Lennon for trying to find consistency.
Elsewhere, the absence of David Turnbull from the squad would suggest he could be one of the players caught up the Scotland U21s COVID-19 drama, perhaps self-isolating. We’ll have more on that later.
These fans have taken to Twitter to share their thoughts on it all ahead of today’s match…
Why does he still think Scott Bain is our number 1 https://t.co/vYe19rVSYj
— Reiss (@reissmoran) November 21, 2020
No Edouard 😬😬😬😬 https://t.co/gnYM9XJ56V
— Daniel🇻🇦 (@DB___67) November 21, 2020
Bain keeping his place is the only gripe I have with this tbh https://t.co/nv5NcwSpGB
— Paul Mcginley (@PaulMcG1994) November 21, 2020
No changes from the win against Motherwell. Think that is fair enough
Another big chance for Ajeti to show what he can do like last time. Big game boys, need to get the three points https://t.co/p56SCtK2XX
— Lewis 🍋 (@LewisLaird01) November 21, 2020
Sadly didn’t have time to make a predictions graphic but I am surprised by the inclusion of Ajeti in the starting line up. Bain also keeps his place, would have liked to see some faith put in Barkas.
Big game today, let’s go! 🍀 https://t.co/kycCEhzs1d
— Celtic Thoughts (@celtic_thoughts) November 21, 2020
£5m for Barkas and he’s still sitting on the bench😭 https://t.co/SJMwYmgD7C
— Kieran Caw (@Kieran_Celtic) November 21, 2020
Looks like we’re going for it.
Goals at both ends, I’d imagine! https://t.co/vfRjxEElXQ
— George Paterson (@gfpaterson) November 21, 2020
Really wanted Barkas and Eddie back in 😡 cmon the hoops 🍀 https://t.co/vUHMd7LChI
— Sean Berry 🇮🇪🍀 (@berrier7) November 21, 2020