One last go for John Kennedy: Celtic Predicted XI v Hibernian
Celtic fans, rejoice: this awful season is so close to being over.
And if you ask me, it’s going to end with a humdinger. Hibs v Celtic is normally a safe bet for entertainment, and that’s definitely on the cards tomorrow. A whole host of Bhoys players are meeting at a revolving door, with some getting their first appearances and others leaving the club.
Meanwhile, Hibs are resting players. They’ve got a Scottish Cup Final coming up; remember those, troops? Grim times indeed.
In the dugout Jack Ross faces the man who could’ve denied him the Hibs job [Edinburgh Live]. It’ll be John Kennedy’s last game as interim boss, and as such, he should evoke Prince. “And if the [Scottish football media] tries to bring you down, go crazy, punch a higher floor”.
It’s the last predicted XI of the season. Here we go.
John Kennedy’s Celtic defence: a legitimate area of praise
Right, let’s forget the horrible game at Ibrox. Otherwise, John Kennedy has turned a leaky defence in something much improved.
The base of that defence will be Vasilis Barkas. He didn’t have an awful lot to do against St Johnstone, but what he did do was move the ball well, dealt with any speculative efforts with ease, and even managed to keep a Jonjoe Kenny pass out of his own net.
In the middle, it’ll be Stephen Welsh and Kristoffer Ajer, in what could well be the Norwegian’s final outing for the Bhoys. Whether you’re praying to St Jude that he’ll fulfil his potential in the Hoops, or you can’t wait to see him out the door, Ajer will surely play against the Hibees tomorrow.
On the left, we’re hoping to see Adam Montgomery again. Was his impressive debut a fluke, or is he always going to be that direct? He dealt with the few attacking moves well, while distributing the ball with comfort, looking sharp in possession and generally handling the occasion with minimal fuss. On the right, meanwhile, Jonjoe Kenny will probably get the nod to play his final game in Celtic colours.
Very, very familiar midfield
Going back to where it all began, Scott Brown will be making his last Celtic appearance. Honestly, I don’t want to write about it. Not because we could ever get bored of Broony content, make no mistake, but because thinking about it makes me legitimately sad.
Ahead of him, Callum McGregor returns from suspension, and will surely be handed the armband at some stage in the game. If he is, take that as the biggest indication that he’ll be the next captain of Celtic Football Club.
Next to CalMac, it’s likely to be one of Ryan Christie (who has actually been pretty decent in recent performances, barring the trip to Ibrox where nobody turned up) or David Turnbull. Come on, though. The POTY and YPOTY isn’t going to get dropped, is he?
Odsonne Edouard’s last game for Celtic?
In other Very Sad News, it’s more than likely that Odsonne Edouard will be playing his last game for Celtic. When Southampton “join the hunt” for one of our better players, you can pretty much call it a day, although there’s still a chance Eddie Howe could convince him to hold on.
Edouard needs two goals to reach his second-best tally for the Bhoys. Against a weakened Hibs, you’d expect him to take that opportunity.
On the right, we’re campaigning for Karamoko Dembele. Please, JK: let the guy play from the start. James Forrest is probably already likely to be in the Euros squad this summer. In another cameo for Karamoko, he scored a sumptuous goal against St Johnstone, and looks physically ready for the demands of top flight football.
On the left, it might be the swan-song for likeable Norwegian winger Mohamed Elyounoussi, without fully knowing to what extent Eddie Howe likes the cut of the Southampton man’s jib. After a second loan spell, this time with more mixed outcomes, Moi could very well be with us again next season.