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Predicted Celtic XI to face AC Milan: Two changes, new formation

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Predicted Celtic XI to face AC Milan: Two changes, new formation

Neil Lennon has a number of selection headaches to tend with when his Celtic side play host to Italian side AC Milan in the Europa League on Thursday night – but he remains without star striker Odsonne Edouard.

The French talent continues his recovery from the current virus that has forced the globe into a pandemic. Ryan Christie, though, is once again available after self-isolating due to being in close contact with Southampton star Stuart Armstrong.

Israeli duo Hatem Abd Elhamed and Nir Bitton are both sidelined due to the issue too, while James Forrest and Mikey Johnston continue to face time on the sidelines. The Hoops are in disarray after losing 2-0 to Rangers.

 

But the return of Christie will come as a huge boost and while Lennon has stated he must prove his fitness before playing, it would be foolish not to include the attacking midfielder in what is arguably Celtic’s toughest match of 2020-21.

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The three at the back on Saturday did not work, with Stephen Welsh being included in just his second Celtic outing. £3.5million signing (Sun) Patryk Klimala failed to make a difference up top, replaced by Leigh Griffiths just after the hour mark.

Albian Ajeti is available and if fit enough, the Switzerland international should come in for Klimala while Lennon has got to make a change to his Celtic formation due to a lack of options at centre-back. Returning to a 4-3-3 system makes sense.

It would see Celtic start Kris Ajer and Shane Duffy at centre-back, with Diego Laxalt – who can play against his parent club – and Jeremie Frimpong on either side of the defence. Christie, then, comes in for Welsh and Ajeti for Klimala.

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