Celtic have announced their starting line-up that will face Lazio in the Europa League clash later on Thursday. The team was revealed on the club’s official Twitter account.
📋 #LAZCEL team news!
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) November 7, 2019
The big news is that Jonny Hayes gets the nod to start at in place of the injured Boli Bolingoli. Hatem Abd Elhamed also returns to the starting line-up.
The rest of the starting line-up almost picks itself. The Hoops are certainly going for goals, as Odsonne Edouard, Mohamed Elyounoussi, James Forrest and Ryan Christie all start. Fan favourite Scott Sinclair makes the bench.
Some fans surprised to see left-back not selected
Some Celtic fans on social media have given their verdict on the starting line-up. One fan questioned why Hayes got the nod to start over Greg Taylor. A thought that has been echoed by many on social media.
Here are some of the best reactions from social media to the Celtic starting line-up to face Lazio:
Why’s Hayes starting over Taylor man
— Adam Gill (@Adamgill1888) November 7, 2019
Swap Taylor for Hayes and that’s a team
— Celtic Culture (@CelticCulture) November 7, 2019
WHY IS TAYLOR NOT STARTING NOOOO
— MikeyJohnstonSZN (@AjerTheGOAT) November 7, 2019
— LeeTosh (@leetosh8) November 7, 2019
What was the point in signing Taylor? 🤔
— Michael (@MiniWunit) November 7, 2019
I’m disappointed to not see Taylor full back.
Can someone tell me what the formation is here, that stupid number order is too confusing.
— JosefDiamond (@JosefDiamond181) November 7, 2019
What has @GregGregtaylor got to do to get a chance?? We signed him because he is a LB and yet again we are playing a LW in Hayes in that position when clearly we will be under a lot of pressure defensively. Apart from that the team picks itself atm. Good luck #COYBIG 🍀🍀
— Derek Crawford (@deeko1978) November 7, 2019
Taylor should be on not Hayes HH COYBIG
— Carol (@carol2244m) November 7, 2019
Celtic go into the game in a great position in Europa League Group E. The Hoops are currently top of the group, four points ahead of Lazio.
Victory in Rome would all but guarantee Hoops progress
A win in Rome would all but guarantee that the Hoops will still be in the competition after Christmas. However, Celtic do not have the best of records in Italy, so a draw would be a decent outcome for the side.
Celtic should go into the match full of confidence though. They came from a goal down to defeat Lazio 2-1 in their last Europa League fixture. Neil Lennon’s side are currently on a run of good form. They will need to be at their best to get a result in Rome, but the team should be looking ahead to the game with confidence, not fear.