Celtic boss Neil Lennon has announced the Celtic team that will take on St Johnstone at McDairmid Park.
The team, which was revealed on Celtic’s Twitter account a short time ago, is as follows:
Starting XI: Forster, Simonuvic, Jullien, Ajer, Forrest, Brown, Ntcham, McGregor, Taylor, Griffiths, Edouard
Substitutes: Gordon, Bauer, Hayes, Rogic, Christie, Johnston, Klimala
The biggest news from the starting line-up is that Neil Lennon has selected Olivier Ntcham, who was linked with a move to West Ham as reported by Foot Mercato earlier on Wednesday.
Key man returns to line-up
In other news, Greg Taylor and Odsonne Edouard return to the starting line-up, and Kristoffer Ajer returns as the Hoops go to three at the back.
Some fans on social media have given their verdict on the team that has been chosen by the Celtic boss. One fan predicted an Oliver Ntcham hat-trick.
Here are some of the best reactions to the team that was selected by the Hoops boss:
Back to 2 up top, let’s make sure we make use of it. Be good to see Klimala make an appearance should we go a few clear tonight, 3pts is all that matters, cmon you Bhoys in green 🍀
— Daniel (@DannyMax1888) January 29, 2020
Now we’re talking🍀💪🏻
— ⚫Hector Francesco (@Martin_Celt67) January 29, 2020
Ntcham hat trick 👊🏻🍀 pic.twitter.com/ZQGyiiiAvQ
— LouMun 67 (@lfmunro) January 29, 2020
Loving having Griff n Eddy in the same team 👌🏼🍀 2 up top is the way forward
— John Gribben (@joeygribbiani8) January 29, 2020
Good team. Good formation. 3 points and up the road 👌
— Tiny 🤙 (@PaulStewart1988) January 29, 2020
Nice and easy hopefully Forrest is back on form tonight
— joseph (@morrisonjoseph8) January 29, 2020
Griffiths needs to remain in the starting 11
— Marcus Jordan Ryan (@MarcusJordanR) January 29, 2020
2 up top again both on the scoresheet tonight 🍀🍀
— Andy Hughes (@AndyHug52940242) January 29, 2020
No Celtic fan will need reminding of just how important this game is to the Hoops. The Premiership league leaders sit five points clear at the top of the league, and they won’t want to let that lead slip.
It won’t be an easy night for the Hoops, as St Johnstone will be stuffy and difficult to break down. However, these are the types of games you must win if you want to win the title.
Hoops have experience when it comes to winning trophies
Thankfully Celtic have the experience and know-how throughout the squad and management when it comes to winning trophies.
Celtic should have enough to defeat St Johnstone if the Hoops play to the best of their best abilities. However, even if the team is having an off-day you wouldn’t bet against Neil Lennon’s side doing enough to get the three points.
At the moment it is about results, and not performances. The Celtic players, staff and support all know that.