Neil Lennon must do his best to forge a new defensive partnership between Kristoffer Ajer and Christopher Jullien for Celtic this Thursday.
The Hoops take on Swedish champions AIK in the Europa League play-off round, first leg clash in Glasgow. The Celtic defence isn’t in the best of states currently after shipping eight goals in its last four competitive matches.
But from the crisis Lennon could find salvation in the Kris/Chris partnership.
Ajer and Jullien should now start for Celtic
The pair have only featured together once in the heart of the defence. That was in Saturday’s narrow cup victory over Dunfermline Athletic. They were far from convincing against the plucky Championship side, but it was also their first match together. There were always going to be teething issues.
Lennon has played around with the Hoops backline far too much in the early part of the season. Both Nir Bitton and Jozo Simunovic have seen more time on the pitch that £7million summer recruit Jullien. And that’s not good enough.
The Northern Irishman has to pick his favoured partnership and stick with it. Ajer and Jullien are both very talented players. If they’re trusted then they should provide the rewards.