John Kennedy has explained his thinking behind today’s Celtic team changes at Tannadice.

Celtic need to win today’s game against Dundee United to stop Rangers from arriving at Celtic Park in two weeks as champions.

The interim boss named a strong eleven for the encounter but changed up the shape of the side, also bringing wide attacking midfielder Mohamed Elyounoussi in for Patryk Klimala.

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Asked about his team today, Kennedy told Sky Sports [11:46]: “We know that at times this season we’ve underachieved. We want to set that right in terms of performance and what we can do.

“Hopefully we see that today, a real aggression in their play, real intent to play. There’s not a lot of changes but they have to keep raising the bar and keep raising the standards of performances.

“Moi is one who gives us a bit of flexibility in terms of our shape at times. He’s a really hungry player.

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“He’s probably the second most productive player behind Odsonne [Edouard] in terms of the attacking stuff so it was good to get him in the team for today.”


Celtic have definitely had some of that aggression and intent in their play today, though approach the interval with the game tied at 0-0.

Some excellent chances have been created, we just haven’t been clinical enough in front of goal.

We could see James Forrest today too

One player who could help us unlock the United defence in the second half is winger James Forrest. He’s returned to the matchday squad for the first time since September.

Out with an ankle injury that required surgery, the Scotland international is ready to make an impact.

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Celtic attacker James Forrest is primed to return under Kennedy / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Kennedy has been impressed by him in training this week, telling Sky Sports [11:46]: “I’m absolutely delighted. He’s had a tough time. He had surgery several months ago now, it’s taken a bit of time to get back.

“In terms of the week he had, training-wise, I was very impressed by him. He was comfortable enough and keen to be involved today so I was delighted to get him on the bench.”

It’d be great to see the incisive winger get some time on the pitch after half-time. Fingers crossed!

In other news, Ismaila Soro has been talking about the influence of Vakoun Bayo on his early Celtic career.

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