Celtic Predicted XI vs Kilmarnock: Barkas to net debut in key Lennon decision

By Hamish Carton

August 6, 2020

Celtic aim to make it two wins from two in the Premiership this weekend when we travel to face Kilmarnock.

Neil Lennon’s men demolished Hamilton 5-1 in their opening encounter and will aim to back that up against a Killie side who lost to Hibs last time out.

The Hoops players will have to make do without the vocal away Celtic support that usually packs into Rugby Park.

Scott Brown celebrates at Rugby Park (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, we’re still tipping the Bhoys to go out and get another three points in our quest for the ten.

Here’s the team we think could start the match.

One big change, one big debut

Big decision time in nets again for Lennon. We think the Northern Irishman may decide to give Vasilis Barkas his debut for the club, due to the Greek’s full week of training with his team-mates.

Celtic goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

At the back we see no reason to change from Sunday with Jeremie Frimpong, Christopher Jullien, Kristoffer Ajer and Greg Taylor likely to be picked again.

Scott Brown and Callum McGregor should feature at the base of the midfield with James Forrest, Ryan Christie and Mohamed Elyounoussi in front of them.

No prizes for guessing who starts up front: Odsonne Edouard.

The thinking would be that Lennon would play this side on Sunday and then make a few changes on Wednesday night for the game against St. Mirren.

Neil Lennon on the Celtic touchline (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

We could see the likes of Olivier Ntcham and Hatem Elhamed then. But for now, we think it’ll be the status quo.

Predicted XI: Barkas, Frimpong, Jullien, Ajer, Taylor, Brown, McGregor, Forrest, Christie, Elyounoussi, Edouard

Kilmarnock vs Celtic is a 4:30pm kick-off on Sunday, live on Sky Sports.