Neil Lennon hints at multiple Celtic changes for Kilmarnock trip; Scott Brown set to return

By John McGinley

February 2, 2021

Neil Lennon is looking forward to the return of Scott Brown from Celtic suspension for tonight’s trip to Kilmarnock.

The Celtic manager held remote interviews with broadcast and print press yesterday at Lennoxtown.

He covered a variety of issues, most of which were focused on the winter transfer window.

However, he did provide a bit of insight into his team selection for the Scottish Premiership clash in Ayrshire.

In the broadcast press conference, he suggested that his captain Scott Brown could return to the fold, stating: “We’ve got Scott Brown back after the suspension so he’ll come into our thinking for the game.

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“It’s a difficult venue, they’ve had a change of manager so you expect some sort of reaction from Kilmarnock players so we have to be ready for that as well.”

Brown hasn’t started a match since the Scottish Cup Final against Hearts on December 20th. He came off the bench as a substitute against Livingston recently but was sent off with a straight red card soon after.

It seems a poor decision to reward that with selection tonight, but Lennon isn’t exactly making many decisions I agree with right now.

More changes for Kilmarnock vs Celtic

Speaking to newspaper press, Lennon made it clear changes were on the way tonight against Killie. Brown may not be the only one coming in from the cold.

As quoted by The Scottish Daily Mail (02/02 print edition, ), the Bhoys boss said: “I’ll talk with the coaches this afternoon and I’ll come up with the team we think will be strong enough to win the game.

“And there may be a few changes from the team at the weekend because we want, first, to freshen things up a bit, but also we want a better performance and a better quality of performance as well.”

Celtic manager Neil Lennon / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

With new Bhoy Jonjoe Kenny also available, we could see a fresh look to the starting eleven this evening.

Will we see Albian Ajeti return to the fold? Will Stephen Welsh get a starting opportunity.

All eyes will be on the team announcement.

In other news, Celtic fans are flooding club social media channels with an online Neil Lennon protest.