Neil Lennon has announced his Celtic team for today’s match at home to Rangers in the Scottish Premiership, as per the official club website.
The full matchday squad is as follows:
Starting XI – Barkas, Duffy, Welsh, Ajer, Frimpong, Laxalt, Brown, Ntcham, McGregor, Elyounoussi, Klimala.
Substitutes – Bain, Taylor, Griffiths, Ajeti, Soro, Turnbull, Rogic, Henderson, Ralston.
Unfortunately, the big news is that Odsonne Edouard hasn’t made the fixture at all after his positive COVID-19 test during the international break.
He returned to Scotland yesterday but has not won the battle to feature.
With Albian Ajeti and Leigh Griffiths still returning to full fitness, it’s Patryk Klimala who leads the line, supported by Mohamed Elyounoussi.
Elsewhere, Stephen Welsh plays for the first time this season as part of a back-three defence due to depleted options. Christopher Jullien, Nir Bitton and Hatem Abd Elhamed were all ruled out.
More positively, Diego Laxalt makes his debut on the left flank after signing from AC Milan on deadline day.
It’s a much-changed lineup but hopefully it’s one that can do the job.
Today’s match is on the club’s ‘Pass To Paradise’ streaming service for season ticket holders and they’ve advised to log in early to avoid problems.
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.
Despite the weakened eleven, fans remain excited for the fixture. Derby battle fever ensures many are confident!
There’s no doubt it’s a massive test for young talents such as Welsh and Klimala but, at the same time, it could be the making of them too.
We simply have to hope that the coaching staff have done enough work at Lennoxtown to counter the threats Rangers pose.
Bring it on!
These fans have taken to Twitter today to share their thoughts…
— Sean (@SeanORawe16) October 17, 2020
We’ve learned our lesson from Ferencvaros and actually played a striker.
Interesting to see how Welsh, Laxalt & Klimala get on. Not surprise to see no Eddy in the squad. https://t.co/Q2YZOCdKpP
— ciarán. (@NotoriousBAG_) October 17, 2020
Klimala is going to tear it up today https://t.co/hUQyfQCJ0o
— Nicole Gillen (@nicolegillen) October 17, 2020
All about the attitude today. Big day for Klimala. HWG🍀🍀🍀🍀 https://t.co/GUPVZbIzpp
— Stiofán (@SMCA19882) October 17, 2020
Today nothing else matters… right into them Celtic 🍀🍀🍀 https://t.co/T7cE8gh6io
— Steo Kelly (@KellySteo) October 17, 2020
Massive day for young Welsh, I seem to remember a certain John Kennedy and David Marshall being thrown in and never looking back though, hopefully he does the same! Into them Celtic!!!💚 https://t.co/aESlns7DmC
— DJB (@Bhoy1888Celtic1) October 17, 2020
Nows your time Paddy 👌 https://t.co/U0z8h6nFxF
— Lubo 🍀 (@Lubo83) October 17, 2020
So no Jullien or Eddy at all.
Ajeti on the bench.
Time for Klimala to make himself a hero. https://t.co/Gu4xRMZywN
— The Pundit (@ThePundit_) October 17, 2020