Our predicted Celtic XI vs Aberdeen for tomorrow night contains one major tweak to the system.
Everybody will have been taken by surprise when Albian Ajeti was dropped for Ryan Christie on Sunday. This led to the Hoops effectively facing St Johnstone with three number 10s on the pitch. Christie started alongside the creative duo of David Turnbull and Tom Rogic respectively.
It didn’t work. Celtic didn’t create the same level of opportunities in what again looked to be a revert back to the 4-2-3-1 system that we struggled to play in earlier this season.
Don’t expect Lennon to go with the same when Aberdeen come to Parkhead tomorrow. But we’ll get into all of that further below. First, let’s start our predicted XI with the shot-stopper:
Scott Bain was too easily beaten again by St Johnstone’s Shaun Rooney on Sunday. It was a powerful header, but hardly in the corner. Again, Bain was too easily beaten when it came to height. But he’ll keep his place in goals regardless for the seventh consecutive match. My goodness, we certainly need a new number one in the summer.
No real changes at the back either I’m afraid. Stephen Welsh will hopefully be back available again, but expect him to start on the bench if he is. Something you expect from Lennon when it comes to integrating players just returning from injury setbacks. That means Shane Duffy and Kristoffer Ajer will team up again after a decent performance on Sunday.
Celtic XI vs Aberdeen: Can Kenny keep up his 100% record?
Jonjoe Kenny has a 100% record at Celtic with four wins out of four. Perhaps he’s our good-luck charm as he looks to make it a fifth consecutive win. Down the other side, Greg Taylor will look to keep up his fine form after ousting Diego Laxalt.
Sorry guys, no Ismaila Soro once again. Lennon has clearly seen his opportunity to reintegrate Scott Brown back in, and I for one can’t see him letting that opportunity slip. Expect Callum McGregor to operate on the left side of the diamond, however, which we hope will be reintroduced.
Ryan Christie will be given his usual spot on the right side of it after playing a key role in both of our goals in Perth. James Forrest is being assessed ahead of the game [Scottish Sun], but if he’s fit, we predict he’ll start on the bench similar to Welsh. Ryan will get to keep his place for now.
David Turnbull had one of his more quiet games at St Johnstone on Sunday. Even so, he still had a great chance to net and continues to be a real driving force with regards to our forward play.
That allows the partnership of Albian Ajeti and Odsonne Edouard to start up top with each other once again. Eddy will be going for his ninth goal in seven games, with Albian still looking to add to that strike against Kilmarnock two weeks ago.