Excellent Team Selection From Lennon Tonight. A Debut And Some Key Players Rested.

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This is team management 101.

This is how to juggle demands of a long season when you have a big squad.

Lennon has made eight changes to team who won at the weekend, and one of our young signings from the summer window – Jeremie Frimpong – gets a start.

This is partially forced on us, of course, because we’ve had some injury scares. Abd Elhamed plays in central defence tonight alongside Ajer. But it’s midfield that is all change; Ntcham, McGregor; Morgan, Rogic and Elyounoussi all play. Bayo is upfront.

I would have welcomed seeing Callum rested too, but whilst Bitton is out we’re a little limited in what we can do in that area of pitch. It makes the case for adding a central midfielder in January, so that we can give Callum some much needed time out.

Forrest gets that tonight, and must be welcoming it.

There’s a change to goalkeeping slot as well; Gordon starts in place of big Forster. Sinclair returns to the subs bench with Forrest, Edouard and Brown.

Here’s real surprise; Jack Hendry is listed amongst the subs. I would have said he was never going to appear in the Hoops again. Tonight will probably prove me wrong on that. I fancy that we’ll see him before the full time whistle.

Even with changes this is a strong, strong Celtic side. We have real footballers in there.

It is a fine squad where you can bring in a footballer like Ntcham and another like Tom Rogic and think that they might not have started on another day.

This is an important match tonight.

Let no-one doubt its significance. League Cup has been a problem child competition for us down through the years, but you need it to secure a treble and I reckon it’s become hugely significant in recent times; the fact that you can have the first domestic trophy won by the turn of the year is huge.

And it would set up nicely for Quadruple Treble … something that would have sounded ludicrous not that long ago becomes more likely with every one of these we win.

Onwards to victory, Celtic.

CELTIC: Gordon; Frimpong, Elhamed, Ajer, Hayes: Ntcham, McGregor; Morgan, Rogic, Elyounoussi; Bayo

SUBS: Forster, Hendry, Bolingoli, Brown, Sinclair, Forrest, Edouard

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