Celtic boss Neil Lennon will no doubt already be thinking ahead to Sunday’s Glasgow derby against Rangers at Ibrox.

With no midweek games, the Hoops boss has plenty of time to ponder the implications of the game. A win for Celtic would all but guarantee nine in a row.

Perhaps more importantly, Celtic are due a performance in the game, after two poor displays in the last two derbies.


Who will get nod to start?

With Celtic in such a good run of form, the Hoops boss faces some interesting selection dilemmas. One which is perhaps the most difficult will be who to play on the left-side of defence.

Jonny Hayes was the hero at Ibrox in September

Jonny Hayes was the hero at Ibrox in September (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

At the moment, the Hoops boss has three options in Jonny Hayes, Boli Bolingoli and Greg Taylor.

Taylor is the player currently in possession of the jersey. However, the Hoops boss may decide to play in a more defensive style for the trip to Ibrox.

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Should that be the case, then you imagine that Jonny Hayes will get the nod to start, as he has been Lennon’s choice for some big games this season.

Harsh if star loses out

That would probably be harsh on Taylor, who is enjoying his longest run of games in the Hoops first-team. However, there is no room for sentiment, especially when it comes to Glasgow derbies.

It could be argued that most of the rest of the starting eleven will pick itself for the derby, depending on injuries. That is not the case when it comes to the left-side of the team.

Greg Taylor playing against Rennes

Greg Taylor playing against Rennes (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

The formation the Hoops also select for the game could come into play, as you imagine that if the Hoops move to four at the back, Hayes will start, as he has done numerous times this season, whilst if it is three at the back, Taylor might well be given the chance to make the left-side his own.

It is a big decision for Neil Lennon to make, and hopefully one that he gets right.

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