Celtic are in Europa League action tonight and if Neil Lennon’s to reduce the huge pressure he’s under, then the Hoops must deliver a great performance and get a good result.
Easier said than done, however, given the fixture is Sparta Prague away, the Czechs having beaten the Bhoys 4-1 at Parkhead earlier this month.
Celtic are in dire straits at present, sitting bottom of Group H on one point and, more worryingly, 11 points adrift of Rangers in the Premiership table, albeit with two games in hand.
That said, a positive result tonight would go some way towards boosting confidence ahead of Celtic’s Premiership meeting with struggling Ross County at Parkhead this Sunday.
Arguably the biggest news of the night in terms of the team selection is that defender Christopher Jullien is back from a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
The Frenchman returns to the starting XI in a back line also featuring Kristoffer Ajer, Diego Laxalt and Hatem Elhamed, in front of Scott Bain.
Callum McGregor and Scott Brown make up the midfield, while Ryan Christie, Olivier Ntcham and Mohamed Elyounoussi line up in front of Odsonne Edouard.
𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗛𝗼𝗼𝗽𝘀 🍀 pic.twitter.com/9tIz5cZ90J
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) November 26, 2020
Here is what some fans have made of Lennon’s selection:
WE ARE GOING TO WIN EVERY GAME NOW THAT JULIEN IS BACK YASSSSSS
— Aidan Drennan (@LennonOutASAP) November 26, 2020
Big mans back!!! Only decent news in a long time
— Jordan Baxter 🏴 (@Jordanallybaxtr) November 26, 2020
Great that Jullien is back! He’s missed 🍀
— LouMun 67 (@lfmunro) November 26, 2020
Omg Jullienn alive
— FPL Fan (@danfan5588) November 26, 2020
Looks like the best of what’s available. Delighted big Jullien is back. Looks a balanced side. Here’s hoping they put in the effort!
Mon the Hoops 👍🍀
— Hoopslad67 (@hoopslad67) November 26, 2020
JULLIEN YOU BEAUTIFUL MAN
— Gregor (@gregor_0488) November 26, 2020
why cham why
— colinjon (@colinjonperform) November 26, 2020
It hasn’t worked with Ntcham, McGregor and Brown at any point this season and shoe horning Christie out wide yet here we are again. I genuinely hope I’m wrong. Frustrating seeing our lineup.
— Gavin JR Kelly (@Gav_HQ) November 26, 2020