Celtic have announced the starting line-up that will take on Rennes in the Europa League on Thursday night.
The line-up was revealed on Celtic’s official Twitter account a short time ago.
📋 @EuropaLeague team news!
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) November 28, 2019
The big news is that Odsonne Edouard misses out in the Europa League for the first time this season. He isn’t on the bench either, so he must be injured. Leigh Griffiths does make the bench though, as does Scott Sinclair. Lewis Morgan gets a rare start for the Hoops. Moritz Bauer starts as expected, and Greg Taylor makes his European debut for the Hoops.
Attacker could play as ‘striker’
You have to imagine that Ryan Christie will play in the ‘striker’ role. Hopefully Edouard’s injury is not serious, as the Hoops have some huge games coming up.
Celtic fans on social media have had their say on the starting line-up selected by Neil Lennon. One fan said ‘announce the real team’.
Here are some of the best reactions from social media to the team that will start against Rennes:
Hahaha. Now announce the real team.
— . (@BC67__) November 28, 2019
Who’s playing striker bigman
— Nxahpattersxn_2 (@NoahPatt2109) November 28, 2019
Any GB members looking for a ticket you can have mine. That line up is stinking.
— meganwandrum 🍀 (@megz0wandrum) November 28, 2019
Ye kiddin on?
— Tam-Bolingoli (@tjvallance) November 28, 2019
Announce proper line up
— Ross Bolingoli (@RossLundy17) November 28, 2019
Ah yes trusted 5-5-0
— Patrick O' Kane (@PatrickOKanejr) November 28, 2019
— LG67__ (@LG67__) November 28, 2019
Why are we playing a rotated side and still making McGregor play his 89th game of the season 😂
— Niall Farrell (@Firaldo87poker) November 28, 2019
Celtic go into the game in an unfamiliar, yet most welcome position. They have already qualified for the last 32 of the Europa League, with two games still to play.
Hoops will be eager to win game
Just because the Hoops have already qualified does not mean that they will be taking the game lightly though. That is shown in the team which will start the game. The Hoops will be out for the three points which could see them clinch Group E. That would be a real feather in the cap to the Celtic team and management.
Celtic really should have won the first meeting between the teams back in September, which ended in a 1-1 draw. That game could provide even more motivation to the team if need be. The Hoops could have maximum points from the group, instead of the still impressive 10.
Hopefully Celtic can make it another European night to remember in a campaign which has already had a fair few.