Celtic have announced the team that will play Hibernian in the Betfred Cup semi-final at Hampden Park. The team was revealed a short time ago on the club’s Twitter account.
🍀 #CelticFC team news ⚪
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) November 2, 2019
The big news is that Hoops captain Scott Brown makes the game even though he was a doubt. Jeremie Frimpong gets the nod to start at right-back, whilst Tom Rogic also starts, with Ryan Christie perhaps surprisingly on the bench. Fraser Forster plays his first Betfred Cup game of the season, with Craig Gordon on the bench. Mikey Johnston makes his return from injury on the bench.
The rest of the team is as expected, with Christopher Jullien and Kristoffer Ajer at the back, and Odsonne Edouard the lone striker.
Key man dropped to bench
Some Celtic fans on social media have given their verdict on the team that has been selected by Neil Lennon. One fan said it was ‘very poor’ that Christie missed out on the starting line-up. Another fan felt that it was a ‘massive call’ to start Frimpong.
Here are some of the best reactions from social media to Celtic’s starting line-up:
No Christie very poor
— Martin (@M67_________) November 2, 2019
Massive call with frimpong, all the best💪🏻☘️
— Patrick O' Kane (@PatrickOKanejr) November 2, 2019
Rogic over christie really 🤔
— Andrew Seaman (@andyseaman87) November 2, 2019
Good to see @ScottBrown8 making it from injury big game tonight 👏🏻👏🏻🍀🍀🍀
— Kelly McGeachy (@kellybaby3) November 2, 2019
Surely we have to go with Christie’s energy and running power on that big park.
— RD (@RyDavidson36) November 2, 2019
Why’s Christie not starting?…
— Conor Mclean (@conormclean1888) November 2, 2019
Win in 90, we move onto Rome. Get it done.
— Liam King (@LK95_) November 2, 2019
Celtic go into the game as huge favourites. The Hoops are aiming for their 30th consecutive win in domestic cup competitions, and are looking to win the Betfred Cup for the fourth season in a row.
Hoops won’t take win for granted
Neil Lennon and his players won’t be taking victory for granted though. After all, the Hoops were held to a 1-1 draw by the Easter Road side in September.
Should Hibs play like they did that day, it could be a tough game for the Hoops. Celtic do have the better players though, and if they play to the best of their abilities, they should be back at Hampden Park for the Betfred Cup Final next month.