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Celtic predicted XI tonight: £7m man starts, Albian Ajeti out

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Celtic predicted XI tonight: £7m man starts, Albian Ajeti out

The Hoops are chasing a place in the group stages of the Europa League.

Celtic take on Sarajevo this evening with a place in the Europa League group stages at stake for Neil Lennon’s team.

The Hoops saw their Champions League hopes ended by Ferencvaros and will hope to earn a place in the next best club competition.

Celtic are yet to taste defeat on the domestic scene this season and will hope to carry that form with them this evening.

Ahead of tonight’s game, we had a look at the team which Lennon could pick for the tough test in Bosnia.

In goal and back three

Vasilis Barkas has quickly established himself as the club’s number one goalkeeper and he should start between the posts this evening.

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At the back, Christopher Jullien is set to return and he will surely start at the heart of the defence.

The man who signed from Toulouse for £7 million hasn’t featured in the last three games and will be keen to make up for lost time.

 

Nir Bitton will probably be the fall guy to accommodate the return of Jullien, who should start alongside Kristoffer Ajer and Shane Duffy.

Wing backs and central midfield

Jeremie Frimpong has been in decent form on the right and should keep his place. He set up the winner in the previous round for Mohamed Elyounoussi to score a later winner.

On the left, Greg Taylor is likely to keep his place having become a mainstay in the team under Lennon.

Captain Scott Brown is likely to lead the Hoops for their all-important Europa League clash and Callum McGregor looks like a man in form too.

Alongside the duo, however, there could be a change.

David Turnbull registered an assist after coming on as a substitute against Hibs and he could earn the chance to start.

In attack

Albian Ajeti is ruled out so Odsonne Edouard looks set to spearhead the Celtic attack this evening.

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The 22-year-old will be looking to add to his five goals so far this season in Bosnia.

Alongside him in the attack, Elyounoussi will probably get the chance to continue his fine form.

The 25-time Norway international has scored four goals for the Hoops this season.

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