Celtic are looking to continue their fine run of domestic form against St Mirren as tomorrow night’s trip to Paisley looms.
At the start of the season, this is a fixture we all thought would’ve been wrapped up with the three points in Celtic’s pocket by now. However, after Boli Bolingoli’s journey to Spain and subsequent failure to quarantine, Neil Lennon’s men could only watch on as the match got postponed.
Since then, Celtic have been playing catchup in the Premiership. We currently sit six points behind Rangers at the top, with tomorrow night’s match giving us a real opportunity to cut that down to a three-point margin.
The game unfortunately isn’t on Sky Sports, meaning you can only view the match legally by watching via St Mirren’s pay-per-view service. You can get more details on that by clicking here.
In this article, we take a look at who we think Neil Lennon will throw into his starting XI, and it once again looks like it’ll be an exciting line-up.
The 3-5-2 isn’t going away anytime soon
Vasilis Barkas has managed to keep three consecutive clean sheets in the league. We won’t bank against him making it four either as he’s a cert to start tomorrow.
There may have been the odd teething problem on Saturday at the back, but that’s all the more reason for Lennon to stick by those he selected in Dingwall. That means Shane Duffy will partner Christopher Jullien and Kristoffer Ajer at the Simple Digital Arena in a back three.
Jeremie Frimpong was exceptional in Saturday’s 5-0 rout of Ross County, so he’ll likely keep his place as a right wing-back. That means James Forrest will once again play on the left, with Scott Brown and Callum McGregor as the midfield anchors.
Even though Olivier Ntcham bagged an assist against County and generally impressed, we’re going to predict that Lennon looks to keep things fresh. For us, that means a return to the side for Ryan Christie, who’ll be looking to add to his 34 Celtic goals since he signed from Inverness back in 2015 (Transfermarkt).
To finish up, we’re going with Lennon to stick by the two-striker system. No prizes for guessing who starts then – Odsonne Edouard and Albian Ajeti will lead the line vs the Buddies, with both looking to add to their Dingwall goals.
You could argue over whether the likes of David Turnbull should get a debut or whether Mo Elyounoussi should get a chance at left wing-back. However, taking the system into consideration as well as Lennon’s previous decisions, this is the team we feel is most likely to feature.
Hopefully, regardless of who plays, we narrow the gap at the top and put some proper pressure on our rivals.
Our predicted XI: Vasilis Barkas, Christopher Jullien, Shane Duffy, Kristoffer Ajer, Jeremie Frimpong, Scott Brown, Callum McGregor, James Forrest, Ryan Christie, Albian Ajeti, Odsonne Edouard