Celtic manager Neil Lennon has named his team for today’s game at home to Hibernian in the Scottish Premiership, as per celticfc.net.
The full match squad is as follows:
Starting XI – Forster; Bitton, Jullien, Ajer; Frimpong, Brown, Bolingoli, Ntcham, McGregor; Forrest, Edouard.
Substitutes – Gordon, Taylor, Griffiths, Bayo, Bauer, Morgan, Rogic.
The Bhoys are looking to make it eight league wins in a row this afternoon, having not been beaten by any domestic competitor since early October against Livingston.
However, it’s not a match we can expect to get all three points in without working hard.
Hibs have had their problems this season but have lost just one of their last six matches, picking up four victories in the process.
There’s optimism around Easter Road again since the appointment of Jack Ross, bolstered by last week’s 3-0 thrashing of Aberdeen.
No surprise then that Lennon has named a very strong eleven against his old side.
Having rested a number of key players against Cluj on Thursday, big hitters like Odsonne Edouard and Callum McGregor come back into the lineup.
There’s a return for Hampden hero Fraser Forster too, who rightly takes his place as number one following some minutes for Craig Gordon.
Elsewhere Nir Bitton retains his place, with youngster Jeremie Frimpong getting another opportunity to shine.
There is no Ryan Christie, however, which is a concern for some. Given his importance, it seems likely he has suffered from some sort of injury, unless Lennon clears up later he has just been rested.
It also appears to be something of a 3-5-2 formation, with James Forrest directly supporting Edouard.
These fans have taken to Twitter this afternoon to offer their immediate reaction to Lennon’s plans…
— Gman 2112 (@Gman1424) December 15, 2019
Didn’t see that line up coming! 🍀
— Frank (@gwr_67) December 15, 2019
— Kieran Polland (@Kieran_Polland) December 15, 2019
— Gary Rapley (@Celticboy21) December 15, 2019
Edouard back 🤤
— Jay (@Jayc67x) December 15, 2019
Wtf is the formation? 🤷🏼♂️
— Mark Murphy ⭐️ (@Markyjig) December 15, 2019
— Aidan Boyle (@AidanBoyle03) December 15, 2019
Very defensive team .
— steven (@Beaumontbhoy) December 15, 2019