Confirmed lineup for Celtic vs KR Reykjavik: Lennon goes strong, TV details, fans have their say
Neil Lennon has named his team for tonight’s UEFA Champions League first qualifying round match against KR Reykjavik, as per the official club website.
The full match squad is as follows:
Starting XI – Barkas, Elhamed, Bitton, Jullien, Taylor, Brown, McGregor, Christie, Forrest, Elyounoussi, Edouard.
Substitutes – Bain, Ajeti, Klimala, Rogic, Ntcham, Frimpong, Ajer.
As expected, the manager has named a very strong team for the encounter, despite the disparity in stature between the Scottish champions and the 2019 Icelandic title winners.
Although a professional job needs to be done, there is little expectation of our visitors progressing tonight.
Indeed an Icelandic football expert told BBC Sportsound on Monday that they have no chance.
Still, Celtic need to turn up and produce a performance with the one-legged nature of the occasion ensuring there is no room for error or a sloppy display.
A place in the Champions League group stage would represent great progress from last year and give the Hoops a bit of financial breathing room, perhaps allowing us to invest in the squad more or keep our best players.
It’s the low key nights like these we need to be aware of that. This is no less important than a two-legged playoff, should we make it to that stage.
The winner of tonight’s tie will play Djurgardens or Ferencvaros in the next round.
The match is live on the club’s ‘Pass to Paradise’ streaming system for season ticket holders, as well as Celtic TV to subscribers worldwide.
If you’re not involved there, the match is also live on Premier Sports 1 from 7:30pm, with kick-off at 7:45pm. You can subscribe via Sky, Virgin or the Premier website.
After a dramatic week off the pitch at Celtic, I can’t wait to see the Bhoys take to the field.
Lennon’s team has gone down well with plenty tonight. It’s hard to go wrong when we have star power like Odsonne Edouard and Callum McGregor on the pitch.
The fact Olivier Ntcham is on the bench has frustrated some but the quality we have ready to come into the team if the game isn’t going well is astounding.
These fans have been having their say on Lennon’s team selection, taking to Twitter this evening…
Shock to see that Ntcham hasn’t started.🙄 Otherwude im happy. Glad Niro is in too! https://t.co/kcB1DJWveH
— Stefan (@MrStefanCarlin) August 18, 2020
Interesting that Ajer drops to the bench for Bitton. Thought Jullien was the worse out of him or Ajer against Killie https://t.co/i9tdT5csxZ
— Paul Mcginley (@PaulMcG1994) August 18, 2020
Not needing a full XI but would loved to have seen Oli and Tam https://t.co/LXmlcSCMIC
— DC (@dcolton67) August 18, 2020
Convincing maself this is 352 wae Elyounoussi up front, but justice for ntcham https://t.co/N8GLNLuX86
— kieran byrnes (@kbyrnes95) August 18, 2020
Is Lennon okay 🤨 apart from Forrest this is a belter if a team. https://t.co/B39mRqQEIZ
— StevenDuffie (@sduffie01) August 18, 2020
Good lineup 💚🤍 https://t.co/GIcs8oC9bW
— 🇦🇷 (@MCFCDON_) August 18, 2020
It’s like he’s forgot Ntcham is our best Midfielder https://t.co/g6P1rC6Lip
— Jack Murray (@JackMurray1888) August 18, 2020
Pretty much as you thought, expect big Ajer dropping out. Bit surprised at that but happy enough with Bitton in there for now
Again, would like to have seen Ntcham but on the bench again
Maybe see Ajeti get some minutes if we have a good lead https://t.co/OdX6BGa5VI
— Lewis 🍋 (@LewisLaird01) August 18, 2020