Celtic have announced the starting line-up that will take on Motherwell at Fir Park. The team was revealed on the Hoops’ Twitter account.
Team news for the Bhoys in Green! 🍀⚪️
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) August 10, 2019
The big news is that Leigh Griffiths returns to the Hoops starting line-up. There is also a first league start for Christopher Jullien. Nir Bitton partners him in defence, with Kristoffer Ajer at right back. In-form Ryan Christie drops to the bench, with Olivier Ntcham replacing him.
Some fans bemused by key man’s absence
Some Celtic fans on social media have been giving their verdict on the team selected by manager Neil Lennon. Fans seemed bemused by the omission of Christie, but were pleased to see Griffiths back in the side. One fan went as far as to claim that the Hoops were ‘getting beat’.
Here are some of the best reactions from Twitter to the Celtic starting line-up:
No Christie, No Party
— Owen Deane (@owen_deane) August 10, 2019
Motherwell aren’t mugs. Should be putting out strongest 11
— Jamie Moran (@morjaz6364) August 10, 2019
Shved must start, glad Griff does
— Scott Simpson 🇫🇮 (@HardcoreMilkman) August 10, 2019
Our bench is better than the team
— KScullion23 (@KScullion23) August 10, 2019
Imagine dropping Christie 🤦🏻♂️
— 😎 (@MC19778) August 10, 2019
Resting players for midweek play strongest team get game won then rest them 👍
— John Campbell (@Campbell946John) August 10, 2019
No Edouard or svhed 😭
— Glenny (@Glennnny67) August 10, 2019
We're getting beat
— ryan (@CROSSY_V_13) August 10, 2019
The Hoops go into the game aiming to make it two league wins out of two following the 7-0 victory over St Johnstone.
Game will not be easy
Celtic have not won at Fir Park since 2016, so it will not be an easy task. There is also the fact that the Hoops take on Cluj in three days time to consider.
However, all thoughts of the match against Cluj should be placed on the back burner until after the Hoops take on Motherwell.
Once Celtic have hopefully secured the three points, attention can then turn to the Champions League qualifying fixture.