'What a team', 'Mighty': Lennon announces today's Celtic side; fans react
Manager Neil Lennon has named his Celtic side for today’s Scottish Premiership match at home to Kilmarnock, as per the club’s official website.
The full match squad is as follows:
Starting XI – Forster; Simunovic, Jullien, Ajer; McGregor, Frimpong, Rogic, Christie, Taylor; Griffiths, Edouard.
Substitutes – Bain, Bitton, Bayo, Klimala, Bauer, Bolingoli, Elyounoussi.
Celtic head into today’s match unbeaten in ten matches in all competitions, nine of which have come as wins in domestic action.
Thursday’s foes Copenhagen are the only team to have even drawn with us in 2020 so far.
Clearly then we are massive favourites heading into today’s encounter, hoping to beat Kilmarnock for the third time this season.
Both matches against the Ayrshire side have resulted in 3-1 victories for Lennon’s men this term.
With Scott Brown picking up a knock in Denmark, Tom Rogic returns to the starting eleven alongside today’s captain Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie in midfield.
It looks like Lennon is again going for a 3-5-2 formation that fully utilises a returning Leigh Griffiths and red hot Odsonne Edouard.
It’s a strong lineup despite a huge European second leg on the immediate horizon. Lennon clearly feels he can’t take any chances with the points today.
However, Olivier Ntcham and James Forrest are notable absentees, perhaps being rested for the showdown with Copenhagen.
Can our big players show up and keep marching ahead towards nine-in-a-row?
These fans have taken to Twitter to share their thoughts on the lineup…
New graphics for the team line up, that’s sensual.
Good to see the Griffmeister is fit to play today, CalMac as a very competent stand in captain, and Taylor at LB, let’s widen the gap today Celtic, let’s get Paradise rocking once again 🍀
— Danny (@DannyCFC1967) February 23, 2020
— Jonathan R Martin (@JohhnyMartin88) February 23, 2020
No Ntcham 😭🍀
— king jules ntcham V1 (@NtchamV2) February 23, 2020
— ً (@BxileyCxnnelly) February 23, 2020
Griff and Taylor back pic.twitter.com/UU2AjyRUJT
— Euan Hepburn (@darthhepsy) February 23, 2020
Cal Mac captain 👍🏻
— Adam Gill (@Adamgill1888) February 23, 2020
Big fan of the line up, not so big of a fan of the video format!
— Charlie (@CharlieMcQ67) February 23, 2020
No Forrest 😍
— KmcG03 (@kianmcgrath03) February 23, 2020
Strong team. 👍🏻💪🏻🍀 pic.twitter.com/qeeGLImCiL
— David Stewart 🏴🇪🇺🍀🍋 (@DavidWho33) February 23, 2020