Celtic will hope that their Thursday win over Lille in the Europa League can spark a creative masterclass against Kilmarnock this afternoon. As it stands, the Glaswegians trail their rivals by a mammoth 13 points, with Steven Gerrard and his men still yet to register a loss in the Premiership this season.
The Hoops aren’t down and out yet but the chances of them overtaking Rangers at this point are extremely slim. But all eyes shift to their next match, which Neil Lennon will hope can end in a win in order to keep him in the job a little bit longer.
FootballFanCast has predicted how the boss could set up against Killie today…
Celtic fans could be in for a surprise as Lennon may opt to change up his usual starting personnel. The victory over Lille will have opened his eyes to some hidden gems within his team that he may not have considered before now.
With that being said, we could see match day stars Ismaila Soro and David Turnbull take to the starting lineup for the second game in a row. The former was solid in midfield and registered an impressive ten tackles as the 22-year-old worked hard to keep the French at bay. Similarly, Turnbull was a workhorse on the wing and his efforts paid off in dividends after he bagged himself a goal and an assist.
Playing opposite this season’s top scorer Mohamed Elyounoussi could create some brilliant chemistry as they support clinical striker Odsonne Edouard.
Midfield stalwart Ryan Christie will return to the action after taking a much-needed rest. His experience of the game will help Soro massively in just his second start for Celtic. This leaves no room for captain Scott Brown, who has been disappointing in recent weeks.
After Jeremy Frimpong was taken off injured on Thursday, Lennon could hand a first start of the season to Anthony Ralston, who is as solid in defence as he is going forward. Behind him and Diego Laxalt will be the defensive trio of Nir Bitton, Christopher Jullien and Kristoffer Ajer.
His ever-changing mind on his goalkeeping options could result in another switch up, seeing Scott Bain start over Vasilis Barkas.