Celtic have announced the starting line-up that has been selected by Neil Lennon for the Hoops’ Europa League clash against Cluj.
The team was revealed on the Celtic Twitter account a short time ago.
📋#UEL team news!
Here's how #CelticFC will line up against CFR Cluj…
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) October 3, 2019
The big news is that the Hoops boss has selected the same team that started for the Hoops in their previous group stage match against Rennes.
Familiar trio will be tasked with scoring goals
That means a start for Mohamed Elyounoussi and Hatem Abd Elhamed returns to the line-up. In defence, the duo of Christopher Jullien and Kristoffer Ajer continue at centre-back, whilst the forward trio of James Forrest, Ryan Christie and Odsonne Edouard will be tasked with finding the back of the net.
Scott Sinclair is more on the substitute’s bench, alongside Tom Rogic, but there is no place for either Greg Taylor or Mikey Johnston.
Some Celtic fans on social media have had their say on the team chosen by the Hoops boss. One fan said that Elyounoussi was going to ‘run riot’ whilst another said that he had to ‘prove his worth’.
Here are some of the best reactions from social media to the team selected to take on Cluj:
Nothing less than 5-0
— Jay (@Jayc67x) October 3, 2019
Quality team HH
— Kian (@kianmacewan) October 3, 2019
Good glad we are playing with natural wingers.
— Ross Hart (@WilliamHart98) October 3, 2019
Elyounoussi is goiny run riot
— Craig Kelly (@CraigKelly_) October 3, 2019
Not seeing a striker on bench this time
— Martin Clark (@MartinC23269240) October 3, 2019
Elyounoussi needs to play well tonight and prove his worth otherwise sinclair should be starting
— Taylor (@taylormcglashan) October 3, 2019
I beg you Lennon of we are drawing and need a goal please bring Sinclair on over hayes.
— holymolybolingoli (@OMalleyyCat) October 3, 2019
Celtic go into the game on the back of a good result in their opening group stage game. The 1-1 draw with Rennes has given the Hoops a platform to build on for the group stages.
Victory would give Hoops a real chance of qualifying
A win over Cluj would give the Hoops a real chance of making it through the group stages into the last 32 of the Europa League.
There is also the element of revenge, after the Hoops were knocked out of the Champions League by Cluj. The players will want to show that the 4-3 loss to Cluj was a one-off, and a mistake. A win over Cluj would show that the Hoops have got the loss in the Champions League out of their system.