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Celtic predicted XI v Well: Neil Lennon brings back £4.5m man, 28-year-old dropped for academy ace

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Celtic predicted XI v Well: Neil Lennon brings back £4.5m man, 28-year-old dropped for academy ace

Neil Lennon’s Celtic will be desperate to return to winning ways on Sunday following a dismal showing in midweek.

The Hoops hosted Sparta Prague at Parkhead, the Czech side sitting bottom of Europa League Group H with two defeats from their opening two games prior to kickoff.

Despite the opposition being the easiest on paper out of all Celtic’s opponents in the group, they were the ones who dished out the heaviest defeat to Lennon’s side, running out 4-1 winners.

Celtic v AC Sparta Praha: Group H - UEFA Europa League

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Up next for the Bhoys is Sunday’s Premiership trip to Motherwell, so who could be part of the starting XI for the visitors?

Scott Bain may have not made any glaring errors on Thursday but Lennon could see fit to switch things round and bring £4.5m summer signing Vasilis Barkas back in between the sticks.

 

Diego Laxalt was one of the better performers last time out so he could keep his spots on the flanks, while the returning Hatem Abd Elhamed could replace Jeremie Frimpong.

In central defence, Lennon could opt to give the struggling Shane Duffy a break and bring academy graduate Stephen Welsh alongside Nir Bitton in place of the 28-year-old.

Although Scott Brown could also do with a rest, we reckon Lennon will keep him in the XI, potentially subbing him off later on in the game for David Turnbull if need be.

Odsonne Edouard is also out of form at present, but again, we predict he’ll keep his place in the starting line-up alongside Ryan Christie and Moi Elyounoussi.

Celtic predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Barkas; Elhamed, Welsh, Bitton, Laxalt; Brown, McGregor; Christie, Rogic, Elyounoussi; Edouard

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