Celtic have announced the team that will take on Cluj in the second leg of the Champions League third round qualifier.
The team was revealed on the Hoops’ Twitter account.
📋 #UCL team news…
Here's how the Bhoys line up for #CELCLU 👊
Come on the Hoops! 🍀⚪️ pic.twitter.com/gerCJ0wQ5a
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) August 13, 2019
The big news is that Olivier Ntcham keeps his place in the side after some recent good performances. Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo is on the bench, whilst Hatem Abd Elhamed returns to the side. Mikey Johnston also returns to the side in what looks to be a very attacking team.
Fan expects great things from midfielder
The team has generated a fair amount of response on social media. One fan was bemused by the absence of Bolingoli. Another fan predicted a great performance from Ntcham. There was also a bit of confusion about the formation that the Hoops would be playing in the match.
Here are some of the best reactions from social media to the starting line-up:
3 at the back 👏👏👏👏
— Declan Quinn (@DeclanQ20054940) August 13, 2019
Ntcham masterclass incoming
— max (@maxutlr) August 13, 2019
Announce more than 4 defenders in the squad
— Matt McGlinchey (@mcglincheymatt) August 13, 2019
What’s the story with bolingoli?
— page (@05Page) August 13, 2019
Back 3 most likely, going for it anyone! And the numerical numbers did me there!! 😂😂
— Willie McNab (@williemcnab) August 13, 2019
Shved not even on bench. Surprising.
— Harters (@Harters8) August 13, 2019
— Specialbhoy (@specialbhoy) August 13, 2019
Have no idea what formation that is and what position the players are playing
— Dan (@Dan25021997) August 13, 2019
Celtic go into the game as favourites to reach the play-off round against Slavia Prague.
Victory won’t be easy to achieve
However, it won’t be easy for the Hoops to progress. The first leg was a tough game for Neil Lennon’s side. They will need to guard against giving away any away goals.
However, should the Hoops play as well as they have been in recent league games, then Celtic should be more than good enough to reach the play-off of the Champions League.