Neil Lennon ‘dismissive’ of Partick Thistle claims Sutton as Celtic boss rings the changes

Chris Sutton says Neil Lennon has been “dismissive” of Partick Thistle as the Celtic boss makes eight changes to his side from the weekend.

Teenage summer signing Jeremie Frimpong makes his debut at right back, as Elhamed moves into centre half.

Tom Rogic starts his first game of the season following injury, while Hayes also starts his first match at left back.

Mohamed Elyounoussi makes his Parkhead bow, while Gordon, Lewis Morgan and Bayo and get a run out.

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McGregor takes the captain’s armband with Brown on the bench, while Ajer and Ntcham both start.

Sutton emphasized the importance of the first trophy of the season and thought that Celtic should “go strong” and get the game won before resting players.

Speaking on BT Sport, he said: “This is a team that hasn’t played together clearly. You don’t want a slow start and to be disjointed.

“The one thing that Partick Thistle are going to do…new manager coming in… I think it’s a great game for Partick Thistle.”

He said: “I would rather see Celtic go strong. Get two or three goals up and then take players off.”

Speaking before the match, however, Lennon said that some of the changes had been necessary. He said Bauer “wasn’t fit enough” for the game, while Jullien was rested as a precautionary measure as they “didn’t want his hamstring getting any worse.”

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