Neil Lennon has named his Celtic team for today’s Betfred Cup match at home to Ross County, per the official club website.
The full match squad is as follows:
Starting XI – Barkas, Elhamed, Jullien, Ajer, Laxalt, Bitton, Brown, Christie, Rogic, Edouard, Ajeti.
Substitutes – Bain, Taylor, Duffy, Klimala, Ntcham, Elyounoussi, McGregor, Henderson, Ralston.
After another 4-1 humbling at the hands of Sparta Prague on Thursday, the Bhoys are again under pressure deliver a result and performance that provides some sort of hope to a beleaguered Celtic support.
If nothing else, the players are now likely playing for their manager’s future with every passing week. It’s a must-win match.
The Betfred Cup will not be seen as one of the biggest priorities this season, but we have a proud domestic tournament record to maintain.
As you’d expect, Lennon has made some big changes to the lineup off the back of the mid-week result, bringing Vasilis Barkas and Albian Ajeti back into the fold.
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Quite what formation we’re going to see isn’t immediately apparent given the versatility of the personnel, but there are two strikers on the field.
Today’s match is not on the club’s ‘Pass To Paradise’ streaming service for season ticket holders as Premier Sports hold the rights to the Betfred Cup.
However, if you are a season ticket holder and ‘Pass To Paradise’ user, you can watch the game for free on Premier Player, without subscribing to their service.
Details of that arrangement can be found here on the official Celtic website.
Celtic TV will be broadcasting live coverage of the fixture, for subscribers worldwide.
Regular Premier Sports subscribers can also watch the fixture within the UK and Ireland.
If you can’t watch that, BBC Radio Scotland will be providing live commentary over the airwaves and online.
In Australia, the match is on beIN Sports Connect and in the USA, you can find the fixture on ESPN+.
The selection of Scott Brown has raised plenty of eyebrows. He was poor on Thursday and seems to be undroppable at the moment. In his mid-thirties, he’s playing as much football as ever.
Surely an early League Cup match was a good opportunity to rest him?
Regardless, the manager has named a strong team and there is some hope out there we can turn the tide on recent form and do what’s necessary to head into the quarter-finals.
These fans have taken to Twitter to share their thoughts…