Celtic will be back in the comfort of their home to take on Kilmarnock this weekend in a league game. The Hoops are coming in this game on the back of a battling tie in Denmark against Copenhagen where they drew 1-1. Lennon’s men have a clear advantage in the league over their rivals Rangers, and they will look to continue their impressive run.
Kilmarnock are coming in this game on the back of a tough 5th round Scottish Cup tie which went into extra time where Aberdeen came out victorious by four goals to three. Alex Dyer would certainly be deflated as his side conceded two goals very late on in the match. Celtic had managed a 3-1 win when the two teams faced each other in January. Kilmarnock recently got the better of Rangers not too long ago, so Lennon needs to be wary of their threat.
Team News: Hatem Abd Elhamed is going to miss out. Scott Brown was substituted early in the second half against Copenhagen because of a calf strain, and the captain remains a doubt for this game. Michael Johnston is the other notable absentee for Lennon. Leigh Griffiths’ situation is also uncertain after he missed the European game due to a hamstring issue.
4-2-3-1 Celtic Predicted Lineup Vs Kilmarnock
Fraser Forster once again showed his quality when he saved a crucial penalty against Copenhagen. He will start in between the sticks. Jeremie Frimpong is expected to keep his place at right-back. Jozo Simunovic could come to the lineup in this tie. Kristoffer Ajer might partner him in defence. Christopher Jullien should be rested for this tie after taking a few blows in the Europa League. Greg Taylor could return at left-back for this encounter.
With Scott Brown being a doubt, Nir Bitton will be expected to fill in for him in midfield. Callum McGregor will be in his usual central midfield position. Mohamed Elyounoussi should be in line to get a start from the left-wing. Ryan Christie might get the nod to start as the attacking midfielder instead of Olivier Ntcham. James Forrest could occupy the right-wing spot here. Lennon has used him as an inverted winger in the last few games so don’t be surprised if he starts from the left-wing instead.
Leigh Griffiths’ situation is uncertain, and Lennon is likely to go in with Odsonne Edouard upfront. The Frenchman missed some big chances against Copenhagen, but he continues to remain a significant threat.
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