Celtic boss names Christopher Jullien as doubt for Livingston match

By John Reid

September 18, 2020

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has disclosed that a first-team regular may miss out against Livingston. The Hoops boss revealed to the club’s Twitter account that Christopher Jullien may not feature in the game, after picking up an injury in training.

Chris Jullien picked up a knock at training, so we are assessing him today” the Hoops boss said.

Jullien also missed out on the recent 2-1 win over St Mirren in midweek. Should Jullien be ruled out of Saturday’s game, it presents the Celtic boss with an intriguing selection and formation dilemma.

Shane Duffy and Christopher Jullien celebrate (Photo by Paul Campbell/Getty Images)

In the game against St Mirren, Lennon stuck with the 3-5-2 formation he has been playing recently, with Hatem Abd Elhamed playing at the back, along with Kristoffer Ajer and Shane Duffy.

Could formation change be on the cards?

However, Elhamed didn’t have the best game overall against the Paisley side. If Jullien is out, then Lennon may consider reverting to a 4-4-2.

That would allow Ajer and Duffy to form a partnership. It would also give Jeremie Frimpong a start at right-back, he didn’t start against St Mirren in midweek.

Christopher Jullien scores for Celtic / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Playing a 4-4-2 would also allow James Forrest to play in his natural attacking role, without needing to track back and defend.

Goals are an incentive

Celtic could still play attacking football, and have two strikers up front which would allow the team to keep going for goals. Goals are an incentive for Celtic against Livingston. A two goal win would put the Hoops top of the league.

No matter who is selected for the Hoops against Livingston, the club should have more than enough to get the three points.

Livingston might well be a tough nut to crack at first. However, as soon as Celtic get the first goal, you imagine that more will arrive.

The team and formation that Neil Lennon selects for the game will no doubt play a part in ensuring that the Hoops get the two goal win that is required.

Some of Neil Lennon’s team selections for this season have certainly been interesting – Ferencvaros for a start. The team selected to play Livingston could be just as interesting, if Jullien cannot play.

In other news, Shane Duffy is not thinking about his Celtic future yet.