Neil Lennon has brought back his big guns for today’s clash with Hibs at Easter Road, while there’s a place on the bench for forgotten man Scott Sinclair.
The Celtic boss rang the changes for Wednesday’s League Cup tie with Partick Thistle. In came a host of fringe players, who impressed as Celtic ran out comfortable 5-0 winners, but a few have found their way back for today’s league clash.
Olivier Ntcham starts again. The Frenchman has been used on and off this season, but is showing what a quality player he can be for Celtic, capped by two outstanding goals in midweek.
Jeremie Frimpong had an impressive outing winning the man of the match on his debut against the Jags, but there’s no place for him today as Bauer gets the nod at right back with Elhamed on the bench.
There’s still no place for Greg Taylor with Bolingoli at left back and with Hayes as cover on the bench. The former Killie player’s time will surely come.
Christopher Jullien was rested after tweaking his hamstring, but is back beside Ajer at the heart of defence. Scott Brown returns at the heart of midfiled. There’s no natural left winger in the team, Christie or McGregor may be shuffled out wide to accommodate Ntcham, with Forrest on the other side.
Up front, Odsonne Edouard will be looking to continue his superb start to the season.
Loan signing Elyounoussi is back on the bench alongside midweek scorers Rogic, Bayo and, interestingly, Sinclair.
The goalscoring winger has endured a tough start to the season watching as first Mikey Johnston and Lewis Morgan moved ahead of him in the pecking order. Elyounoussi’s signing seemed a further blow to Sinclair, but a goal from the bench against Thistle was a reminder that he’s still here and knows the way to the back of the net.
His celebration suggested he really enjoyed that one and he’s vowed to ‘fight for the jersey’. It’ll be intriguing to see if he gets the nod ahead of Elyounoussi should Lennon look for something different down that side of the pitch as the game progresses.
A fit and on-form Sinclair would be a great asset to Celtic this season. If Lennon can do with him what he’s done with Ntcham, who’s getting back to his best, Celtic will have a frightening array of attacking talent to call upon.
If Sinclair is called upon, he’ll need to grasp his chance and show that he can again be the man who makes the difference.
All in all, it’s a strong looking team and bench, with options throughout the team for Lennon. Could be a cracker!
Forster, Bauer, Jullien, Ajer, Bolingoli, Brown, McGregor, Forrest, Ntcham, Christie, Edouard.
Subs: Gordon, Elhamed, Hayes, Rogic, Sinclair, Elyounoussi, Bayo