Celtic will be looking to correct their recent form after being dealt another loss in their Europa League run. Sparta Prague hit the Hoops for four in yet another poor defensive display from Neil Lennon’s side. Leigh Griffiths struck back with a late consolation goal, but their European form is now something to be worried about.
Similarly, they have fallen out of favour in the Premiership and must ensure that they win their two games in-hand if they’re to close the gap on rivals Rangers. Motherwell is their first stop as Celtic try to regain some ground.
Football FanCast has predicted how Lennon might set up this afternoon…
Shane Duffy continues to disappoint after dropping yet another poor performance across the backline. Lennon’s defence is arguably the most worrying area of the Celtic squad at the moment and the manager must be looking at what he can do to fix this.
Hatem Abd Elhamed could be given the nod ahead of the Brighton loanee who will partner Nir Bitton at centre-back. The full-backs will remain unchanged, along with Scott Bain who has usurped Vasilis Barkas in between the sticks.
Celtic’s attack is another worry. Due to Mohamed Elyounoussi’s foolish behaviour against Sparta Prague, it’s hard to see a way back for the Southampton man. In order to make an example of him, Lennon must drop him completely. This could pave the way for Albian Ajeti to start just behind the striker, with in-form midfielders Ryan Christie and Tom Rogic pushing to the wider positions.
Odsonne Edouard has yet to get on the scoresheet since his return from self-isolating and Lennon cannot just assume he will miraculously find his form. Celtic are running out of time and must act fast.
Griffiths could be the man to start the match after his influential performances recently. His desire to reach the club’s top 20 all-time goal-scorers is enough to convince both fans and the team that he wants to fight for his team.