Neil Lennon announces Celtic team v Hearts; fans react

By John Reid

December 18, 2019

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has announced the team which will take on Hearts at Tynecastle. The team which has been revealed on Celtic’s Twitter account, is as follows:

Starting XI: Forster, Frimpong, Jullien, Ayer, Hayes; Brown, Ntcham, McGregor, Christie; Forrest, Edouard.

Substitutes: Gordon, Taylor, Bitton, Rogic, Morgan, Bayo, Griffiths.

The big news is that Ryan Christie has returned to the starting line-up after missing out against Hibs. Jonny Hayes also starts for the Hoops. Interestingly, Christie might be on the wing, as Olivier Ntcham keeps his place in the starting line-up.

Fan defend player’s inclusion in side

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Some Celtic fans on social media have given their reaction to the side. One fan said the team was ‘excellent’, another defended Jonny Hayes’ inclusion in the starting line-up. Meanwhile, some others lamented the absence of Mohamed Elyounoussi and Moritz Bauer from the squad.

Here are some of the best reactions from social media to the team that Lennon has chosen:

https://twitter.com/austingaughan90/status/1207368501951967234

https://twitter.com/ElyounoussiCSC/status/1207367686826725378

Celtic go into the game hoping to go five points clear at the top of the league. A win would pile pressure on second placed Rangers ahead of their game against Hibs on Friday.

The Hoops will be big favourites for the game. Hearts are in a very poor run of form, most recently losing 1-0 to St Johnstone.

However, Lennon won’t be taking anything for granted. He will be expecting a tough game at Tynecastle, as it often is.

Vital game for the Hoops

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Lennon will be making his team well-aware of how important this fixture is in the battle for the Premiership title. The chance to go five points clear at the top of the league – the biggest gap at the top this season – can’t be underestimated.

Celtic are on a great run of form domestically. The Hoops have won their last 10 games in all domestic competitions.

It should be remembered that Lennon’s first game as Celtic caretaker manager back in February was at Tynecastle. The Hoops struggled, and were indebted to a late Odsonne Edouard goal to secure the three points in a 2-1 win.

The same result would be ideal for the Hoops, but hopefully the match is far more comfortable, and the Hoops secure the win in style.