Celtic are still rightfully basking in the glory of the historic 2-1 Europa League win over Lazio on Thursday. It was the Hoops’ first ever win on Italian soil, and it is a victory that will live long in the memory of everyone involved with the club.
However, Celtic do not have much time to reflect on the victory, as the Hoops are back in league action on Sunday. They take on an in-form Motherwell side, with Celtic aiming for the win that will keep the Hoops top of the league going into the international break.
With that in mind, it will be interesting to see the team selected by Hoops manager Neil Lennon for the game. Celtic great Davie Hay who numerous trophies with the Hoops as both player and manager, has had his say on the matter.
He believes that Lennon will keep changes from the team that won in Rome to a minimum. However, he has named two players who weren’t involved against Lazio that could feature against Motherwell.
“A few tweaks”
“I fancy there may be a few tweaks to the Celtic line-up, with Jeremie Frimpong perhaps and maybe Tom Rogic coming back in, but this is a vital game for the club, and I expect Neil Lennon will give the fixture the respect it deserves by fielding a really strong team” Hay said, writing in his column in the Evening Times.
Frimpong may well get the nod to start the game, especially after Hatem Abd Elhamed picked up an injury against Lazio. Frimpong has been Celtic’s first-choice domestic right-back recently, that could continue against Motherwell.
Participation could depend on overcoming injury
As for Tom Rogic, his participation in the game could depend on him shaking off the injury which saw him miss the game against Lazio.
Should he regain his fitness, then Rogic could be a factor for the Hoops in the middle of the park. Hay is correct about Celtic picking a strong team though. The win over Lazio may have been wonderful, but winning the Premiership is what really matters to Celtic this season. Neil Lennon will want three points from the game, which is why he is unlikely to make wholesale changes to his team.