Neil Lennon has named a side for Livingston today which is virtually unchanged from the one which took on Cluj on Thursday.
The only change he’s made is that Bauer is at right back instead of Abd Elhamed.
A full strength team is no bad thing though.
This is possibly an acknowledgement that we’re about to head into yet another frankly pointless international fortnight where we have to pretend to be excited by Scotland games. Nothing is a bigger drag than to have to do this. Most fans hate them.
A glance at the bench shows that Bayo is back, Sinclair is in the squad and Nir Bitton has made his very welcome return.
Abd Elhamed is also there, which should shoot down any talk that he’s picked up an injury.
Greg Taylor is still not present but we’ll see him soon.
The news prior to the kick-off is that the club is looking to give Callum a new deal.
This is welcome, as he has more than earned it. The papers are full of nonsense about how it’s designed to scare off the likes of Leicester … that’s sort of funny when you consider all this chatter about there not being a player in our team who would get into theirs.
This will be a hard game today. I’m not expecting a cricket score.
It will be a battle on another horrible pitch on a horrible afternoon.
Get through it with the three points, Celtic, and we’ll all be pretty satisfied. As an additional benefit, our early kick off means we can put points on the boards ahead of the other lot. They are playing Hamilton and should win comfortably, but you never know if there’s a wee post European hangover.
So three points today Bhoys, and let the rest worry about themselves.
CELTIC: Forster, Bauer, Jullien, Ajer, Bolingoli; Brown, McGregor, Forrest, Elyounoussi, Christie, Edouard.
Subs: Gordon, Elhamed, Hayes, Bitton, Ntcham, Sinclair, Bayo
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