Celtic boss Neil Lennon has announced the team that will take on St Mirren in Thursday afternoon’s Premiership encounter. The team was revealed on the club’s official Twitter account a short time ago.
The team is as follows:
Starting XI: Forster, Frimpong, Jullien, Ajer, Bolingoli; Brown, Ntcham, McGregor, Christie; Forrest, Edouard
Substitutes: Gordon, Taylor, Bitton, Bauer, Rogic, Johnston, Griffiths
The biggest news to take away from the starting line-up is that Olivier Ntcham keeps his place in the starting line-up, with Ryan Christie once more starting on the wing. It is the same line-up which started in the recent win over Aberdeen.
Some Celtic fans on social media have had their say on the line-up that has been selected by the Hoops manager. One fan said that the team selection was ‘glorious’.
“Nothing less than 5-0”
Here are some of the best reactions to the Celtic starting line-up that will take on St Mirren:
— Ryan McCluskey (@mccluskeyry) December 26, 2019
Game killed in the first half this week lads?
— Christopher McGinlay (@ChrisMcGinlay14) December 26, 2019
Announce French Eddy hat trick
— 𝕾𝖙𝖊𝖕𝖍𝖊𝖓 𝖂𝖆𝖑𝖘𝖍🍀⭐ (@walshybhoy_67) December 26, 2019
Announce 4-0 Eddie hatrick
— Kieran Boyle (@kieranx67) December 26, 2019
Nothing less than 5-0 boys
— Jay (@Jayc67x) December 26, 2019
— Peter Foley (@PeterFoley2) December 26, 2019
0-8 to the hoops 👍🏻
— Mr Bradley (@Bradley67_) December 26, 2019
Wee bit of support for the Bhoys..HH
— Paul (@Paulpatric) December 26, 2019
Celtic go into the game looking to maintain what is currently a five point lead over Rangers in the Scottish Premiership. Interestingly enough, both Celtic and Rangers kick-off at three o’clock on Boxing Day, a rare instance of both sides playing at the same time.
Both title contenders kick-off at same time
Whilst the Hoops are playing St Mirren, Rangers are playing Kilmarnock, which will no doubt only add to the tension of the game.
Hopefully Celtic can quickly defuse that tension with a couple of quick goals against St Mirren. That would get the three points all but wrapped up, and attention could then turn to Sunday’s game against Rangers.
There’s no doubt that the game against Rangers will be huge when it comes to the destination of the league title. For now though, it is all about the three points against St Mirren. That is what Neil Lennon will be stressing to his players. Get the game against St Mirren won, then it is time to focus on the Glasgow derby, and the chance to open up an eight point lead at the top of the table.