Neil Lennon’s team selection for tomorrow’s must win game against Motherwell should be very interesting.

The Hoops boss has to make changes, and you imagine that he will make a fair few. One of those will have to be in defence. Shane Duffy has not had the best start to his career to put it mildly.

We all hoped it would be a fairytale type story for Duffy, the big Celtic fan signing for the club he loves to lead the Hoops to 10 in a row. Sadly, it isn’t working out like that.

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Best for all concerned if struggling player is left out

Duffy was really poor in the 4-1 loss to Sparta Prague on Sunday, and it is best for all concerned that he is left out of the side. As for who should replace him, in the 67HH predicted XI for the game we have gone for Hoops starlet Stephen Welsh.

Welsh came in from nowhere to start the recent games against Rangers and Milan. Now, Celtic might have lost both of those games. However, Welsh, who at the age of 20 was making only his second and third first-team appearances in those fixtures, didn’t let the side down, especially against Rangers.


It can’t have been easy for the player to start in those difficult circumstances, but he fared well.

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Wasn’t overawed by big occasion

He wasn’t overawed by the occasion, which couldn’t be said for some of his more experienced teammates. The Glasgow derby was a must win game, and so is the trip to Motherwell, but perhaps for different reasons.

Stephen Welsh in action against Rangers

Stephen Welsh in action for Celtic against Rangers / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Celtic, with only one win in six, need to get back to winning ways immediately. That is why Neil Lennon will be contemplating making changes for the game, to get the season back on track. That is where Walsh should come in.

Sure, Celtic will be under pressure to get the win. However, if Welsh can cope with playing in a Glasgow derby, then playing at Fir Park should be a picnic in comparison. A good performance in a vital Celtic win could be the making of the player.

In other news, freeing up Tom Rogic to dictate the game could be key to a Celtic win at Fir Park.


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