Ntcham To Start, Frimpong In Defence | 4-2-3-1 Celtic Predicted Lineup Vs Motherwell

ROME, ITALY - NOVEMBER 07: Oliver Ntcham of Celtic FC celebrates a second goal during the UEFA Europa League group E match between Lazio Roma and Celtic FC at Stadio Olimpico on November 7, 2019 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Marco Rosi/Getty Images)

Celtic will be back to the comforts of their home to take on Motherwell after conquering Rome to book their place in the knockout stages of the Europa League. The Hoops lead the table over Rangers on just goal difference, so there is a minimal margin of error at the top in the Premiership.

The Well have been the team to watch out for this season as they occupy the third spot on the table. Motherwell have managed to win their last two games, and they trail Celtic by six points having played a game more. The Hoops will look to go in the international break on a perfect note and nothing less than three-point would satisfy the fans.

Team News: Jozo Simunovic is a long term absentee. Scott Bain is back in training, but he is unlikely to feature in the matchday squad for now. Vakoun Issouf Bayo is also going to miss out. Leigh Griffiths has started training but the weekend’s game might come a bit too soon for him.

Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo is also expected to be unavailable. Michael Johnston is in line to feature in the matchday squad. Hatem Abd Elhamed pulled out late in the game against Lazio with a groin issue, and he will be doubtful for this tie.

Celtic Predicted Lineup vs Motherwell

Formation (4-2-3-1)

Defence

Fraser Forster made some vital saves against Lazio, and he is proving his worth for the Hoops again. He should keep his place in goal. Christopher Jullien will likely continue in defence. Kristoffer Ajer should partner him. Jeremie Frimpong will be expected to feature on the right side of the defence. Jonny Hayes did a fine job in Italy, but Greg Taylor should be given a go in this clash at left-back.

Midfield

Scott Brown is still going strong in midfield, and he should lead the side once again by playing in the defensive midfield role. Callum McGregor should partner him in the middle. Olivier Ntcham did the star turn against Lazio in the end, and he should be in line to start in the attacking midfield role. Ryan Christie might be shifted on the left flank, and Elyounoussi could miss out. Johnston might get some minutes off the bench. James Forrest will be expected to start as the right-winger.

Attack

Leigh Griffiths might be back in training, but Odsonne Edouard is undoubtedly going to lead the line for the Bhoys in this tie.

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