Celtic legend Davie Hay wants two stars to return to the Hoops line-up when they take on Motherwell on Sunday in the Scottish Premiership.
Both Celtic players and fans alike must have a hangover from Thursday’s 2-1 win over Lazio away in Rome. But their congested schedule is such that it does not allow much time for reflection, as they return to action on Sunday against Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership.
Neil Lennon’s men made history in Europe against Lazio with their first win on Italian soil that saw become the fastest Scottish team ever to qualify for the knockout stage of a European competition. But they cannot afford to lose focus for a second as they sit on the same points as Rangers in the Premiership table and any slip up could prove costly come the end of the season.
Yet Neil Lennon must also be wary of running his players into the ground with the squad already struggling with a number of injuries. Thus it will be interesting to see how many players feature in Sunday’s side just 72 hours after having fought tooth-and-nail for a famous European win away in Italy.
Celtic legend, Davie Hay, believes that the manager will not make too many changes keeping in mind how tight the League is at this moment with the resurgence of Rangers under Steven Gerrard. But he suggests that Lennon should look towards Jeremie Frimpong and Tom Rogic in order to shake things up a bit on Sunday.
Hay wrote in his column in the Evening Times:
“I fancy there may be a few tweaks to the Celtic line-up, with Jeremie Frimpong perhaps and maybe Tom Rogic coming back in, but this is a vital game for the club, and I expect Neil Lennon will give the fixture the respect it deserves by fielding a really strong team”
Frimpong has impressed whenever given a chance this season and the teen right-back might very well be given the nod against Motherwell. Tom Rogic though is a different case as he did not travel with the squad to Rome and might very well be carrying an injury. Considering his history with injuries, it should come as no surprise if the Australian is set for some time on the sidelines.
Whatever maybe the case, Celtic cannot afford to drop points on Sunday. Or it might not take long for the high of the Lazio win to be replaced by the low of falling behind Rangers in the Premiership table.