Celtic have announced their team that will play Hamilton at Celtic Park. The team was announced on the club’s Twitter account a short time ago.
🍀 TEAM NEWS ⚪
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) December 4, 2019
The big news is that Nir Bitton replaces Christopher Jullien, who is on the bench. Moritz Bauer starts at right-back for the Hoops, replacing Jeremie Frimpong. Those could be in preparation for Sunday’s Betfred Cup Final.
Winger starts up-front again
As for the rest of the team, Lewis Morgan starts as Celtic’s lone striker for the third game in a row, and Olivier Ntcham comes back into the starting line-up, replacing Tom Rogic. That is likely to mean that Ryan Christie moves to the wing.
The rest of the team is as expected, with Neil Lennon not taking the opportunity to give any of his starters a break ahead of Sunday’s Betfred Cup Final.
Some Celtic fans on social media have had their say on the starting line-up. One fan said he was ‘happy’ to see Jullien rested.
Here are some of the best reactions from social media to Celtic’s starting line-up:
Happy to see big Jullien rested
— Chris Gunn (@Gunnie67) December 4, 2019
Pleased with that. Get in there.
— Lainey Donnel 🏴⚽️ (@LaineyDonnel) December 4, 2019
Strong team however would loved to have seen Brown n and maybe McGregor or Forrest rested for the cup final!
— John Whitelaw (@JWhitelaw88) December 4, 2019
This means Frimpong is starting the Cup final😍
— 𝐑𝐞𝐞𝐜𝐞 (@ReeceMckay67) December 4, 2019
I would have started Griffiths
— 🏴 John Williams 🏴 (@GSRHighlander) December 4, 2019
Cmon Bhoys get a nice wee win for my 18th birthday
— Hezza Bolingoli (@hezatron3000) December 4, 2019
Was hoping Bolingoli and Elyonoussi would be on the bench and get a run out in the second half.
Good to see Jullien rested, would’ve played Ntcham in McGregor position and kept Tam in. Let’s get a few goals early and get boys wrapped in cotton wool. https://t.co/Y6WFXYahuu
— Sean Hamilton (@seanhammy85) December 4, 2019
Lewis Morgan double tonight then he’ll be thrown in Sunday
— Ben (@BenJohn_67) December 4, 2019
Celtic go into the game on the back of a 10 game winning streak. The Hoops are in their best form of the season, and will be expected to pick up the three points against Hamilton.
Manager will want game won quickly
Celtic boss Neil Lennon will want the game won as quickly as possible. That would enable him to make changes in the second-half and give players a rest if required.
Obviously a few goals would be nice as well, as the Hoops’ lead in the league is one goal. There is a good chance that Celtic add to that advantage against Hamilton.
Thoughts will soon turn towards Sunday’s Betfred Cup Final against Rangers, but before that, Celtic need to get the job done against Hamilton. The team picked should be good enough to do that.