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Celtic predicted XI today: Neil Lennon makes two changes, £1.6m man replaced by 19-year-old

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Celtic predicted XI today: Neil Lennon makes two changes, £1.6m man replaced by 19-year-old

Today, Neil Lennon’s Celtic return to Scottish Premiership action for the first time in nearly two weeks.

The Hoops’ last league game was on August 9, a 1-1 draw at Kilmarnock, after which their next two fixtures – against St Mirren and Aberdeen – were postponed.

Luckily for Celtic, early frontrunners Hibernian and Rangers have dropped points, so as things stand, there’s not too much of a points gap, and the Bhoys will now hope to hit the ground running once again.

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Celtic were boosted by a comprehensive 6-0 thrashing of KR Reykjavik in their midweek Champions League qualifier, which will have boosted confidence no end.

Up next for the Parkhead side is a trip to Dundee United, with kickoff scheduled for 5:30pm.

In goal, newcomer Vasilis Barkas has done well, so there’s no reason for Lennon to take him out of the XI.

 

In defence, 19-year-old Jeremie Frimpong could come in for Hatem Abd Elhamed, the £1.6million man potentially being rested with a view to Ferencvaros next week.

Kristoffer Ajer could also come back in for Nir Bitton, while Christopher Jullien and Greg Taylor are likely to keep their places.

It’s likely to be straightforward elsewhere, with Scott Brown and Callum McGregor in holding midfield.

James Forrest, Ryan Christie and Mohamed Elyounoussi will likely be ahead of the tough-tackling duo, while Odsonne Edouard should lead the line.

As with the Reykjavik game, Olivier Ntcham, Patrik Klymala and Albian Ajeti could all feature off the bench.

Celtic predicted XI v Dundee United: Barkas; Frimpong, Jullien, Ajer, Taylor; Brown, McGregor; Forrest, Christie, Elyounoussi; Edouard

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