After the excitement of making history with a first ever win in Italy in midweek, Celtic return to domestic action on Sunday when they take on Motherwell at Celtic Park.
Celtic won’t be taking this game lightly, as Motherwell have been in excellent form recently. It should be said that Celtic did win 5-2 at Fir Park back in August, but Motherwell have not let that affect them this season. They will provide the Hoops with a stern challenge as Celtic look to stay on top of the Premiership going into the international break.
What will have to be taken into account by Neil Lennon is how the 2-1 win over Lazio will have impacted the players. That match will have left the players drained, as it was such an exciting, emotional occasion. However, with three points on the line, you would imagine that Neil Lennon will still pick a strong team.
Taking that into account, here is our prediction for Celtic’s starting XI:
When it comes to playing in goal, there is only one option – Fraser Forster. He increased his legend with another fine display in Rome, and is set to continue in goal.
At left-back, we’re going to opt for Greg Taylor starting, in what would be his second appearance for the Hoops. With Boli Bolingoli recovering from injury, it makes sense to rest Jonny Hayes after his efforts against Lazio. Therefore, Taylor is the pick to start the game.
When it comes to right-back, we believe that Jeremie Frimpong will start a domestic game for the fourth time in a row. Neil Lennon has confirmed on Celtic’s Twitter account that Hatem Abd Elhamed is an injury doubt, and Frimpong has played very well in his first-team appearances so far.
The centre-back options pick themselves – the duo of Christopher Jullien and Kristoffer Ajer, who were heroic against Lazio.
Duo should be raring to go come kick-off time
In the middle of the park, there is no reason to disrupt the first choice duo of Scott Brown and Callum McGregor. They might be tired after the midweek efforts in Rome. However, come kick-off time at Celtic Park you imagine that both players will be raring to go.
On the right, James Forrest is likely to keep his place in the side as he is in excellent form. The same can be said about Mohamed Elyounoussi, who starred against both Hibs and Lazio in the last week.
In the number 10 role, Ryan Christie seems certain to keep his place in the side, whilst in the lone striker role there is only one option – Odsonne Edouard. However, it would not be a shock to see him replaced by the fit-again Leigh Griffiths at some stage of the game. Edouard looks set to be given the nod to start though.
As always, here is the team in list form:
As always, here’s the team in list form: