Confirmed Celtic XI vs Motherwell: Olivier Ntcham returns to team, fans react

By John McGinley

November 10, 2019

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has announced his team to face Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership today, as per the club’s official website.

The full match squad is as follows:

Starting XI – Forster; Frimpong, Jullien, Ajer, Hayes; Brown, Ntcham, McGregor, Forrest, Elyounoussi; Edouard.

Substitutes – Gordon, Taylor, Bitton, Bauer, Morgan, Christie, Rogic.

After the highs of Thursday night’s win over Lazio, it’s back to the bread and butter for Lennon and his men today. However, as we know, the match is no less important.

With no points cushion at the top of the table, it’s as much of a must-win encounter as any recent match.

It’s not often we play at the same exact time as Rangers either, who visit Livingston, so there could be a special opportunity to finish the day with a new advantage as league leaders.

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There’s no surprise that the manager has gone with a strong team then. A number of our most reliable stars are involved through the spine of the team such as Fraser Forster, Christopher Jullien and Callum McGregor.

In attack, Odsonne Edouard retains his place, despite Leigh Griffiths returning to first-team training and Lennon admitting it was a possibility he would play (BBC).

The headline news though is that Rome hero Olivier Ntcham has been rewarded for his special goal against Lazio with a starting spot in the side.

It’s the first time he’s started a match since September when he played in a 1-1 draw against Hibernian. He’s been used as a substitute in a number of games since then.

With Tom Rogic and Ryan Christie on the bench, Lennon has plenty of options to change up the midfield if need be.

With Jeremie Frimpong coming back into the side too, it’s an exciting lineup.

These fans are looking forward to seeing the eleven in action, taking to Twitter to share their thoughts…