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Celtic predicted XI tomorrow: Neil Lennon brings back 26-year-old, £19k-a-week man drops out

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Celtic predicted XI tomorrow: Neil Lennon brings back 26-year-old, £19k-a-week man drops out

Celtic will hope to put yet another embarrassing result behind them on Sunday, Neil Lennon’s charges seeking to reach the Scottish League Cup quarter-finals.

The Hoops will face Ross County, a team they’d normally be confident of beating, but things aren’t going well at Parkhead right now, to put it mildly.

Celtic are 11 points behind their Glasgow rivals in the Premiership table and out of the Europa League after another 4-1 defeat to Sparta Prague.

On a brighter note for the Bhoys, the Staggies aren’t in good form either, struggling in the bottom half of the table, and they have numerous key players out.


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So, who could Lennon pick in the starting XI for the game at Parkhead?

This could be a good opportunity for the Celtic boss to give Vasilis Barkas another chance, the 26-year-old having lost his place to Scott Bain earlier this season.


Likewise, Kristoffer Ajer could be given a rest and Shane Duffy brought back in.

Hatem Elhamed would remain in for the suspended Jeremie Frimpong, while Christopher Jullien and Diego Laxalt would complete the back four.

Scott Brown and Callum McGregor will most likely start, though some fans think the former should be dropped, but let’s face it, he probably won’t be.

Tom Rogic was rested in midweek and could replace Olivier Ntcham at No. 10, while Mohamed Elyounoussi and Ryan Christie will probably remain in the XI.

Up front, Lennon could be tempted to drop Odsonne Edouard and give Albian Ajeti an opportunity to find his form again, having stumbled somewhat in recent weeks.

If need be, the £19,000-a-week talisman could come off the bench to try to pierce the opposition defence – hopefully there’ll be no need.

Celtic predicted XI v Ross County (4-2-3-1): Barkas; Elhamed, Jullien, Duffy, Laxalt; Brown, McGregor; Christie, Rogic, Elyounoussi; Ajeti

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