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Celtic predicted XI tonight: Neil Lennon drops £1m man, 29-year-old takes his place

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Celtic predicted XI tonight: Neil Lennon drops £1m man, 29-year-old takes his place

Neil Lennon’s Celtic will look to take their impressive Premiership form into tonight’s crunch Europa League tie away as they bid to edge closer to the group stages.

Celtic may have won their last five league games but Riga haven’t lost a European game on home soil before and the Hoops must break that run if they are to progress in the competition.

With the outcome settled on the night in the one-off tie, the Bhoys – whose last European tie didn’t go to plan, to put it mildly – need to be at their strongest selection-wise and performance-wise.

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In goal, Vasilis Barkas should get the nod as he seeks to bounce back from a week in which he conceded three goals in his last two games.

Lennon is likely to give 3-5-2 a first outing in European competition, with Kristoffer Ajer and Shane Duffy in a back three alongside Hatem Abd Elhamed.

 

Christopher Jullien hasn’t travelled, so the 27-year-old – normally one of the first names on the team sheet – could be replaced by the £1.6million man for the third game in a row.

Jeremie Frimpong started the Livingston game but Lennon could well opt for experience and bring James Forrest back in the fold on the right and Greg Taylor on the left.

The £1million teenager could come off the bench later on and use his pace, dynamism and creativity to get the better of the tiring opponents.

A midfield three of Scott Brown, Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie is as strong as it can get for Celtic, while up front, Odsonne Edouard and Albian Ajeti have been impressive and should get the nod too.

Celtic predicted XI (3-5-2): Barkas; Elhamed, Duffy, Ajer; Forrest, McGregor, Christie, Brown, Taylor; Edouard, Ajeti

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