Celtic are set to take on Hamilton on Wednesday in a Scottish Premiership League clash. Here is our predicted starting XI for the match.
Celtic will look to continue their momentum they have gained from destroying Ross County last week 4-1 when they host Hamilton. This match is as important as all the others, but as most fans as looking towards Sunday against Rangers, so is Hoops boss Neil Lennon.
Despite Neil Lennon insisting that Hamilton is the priority, it is easy to read in between the lines during his press conference. Key players who are making their way back from injury, and could be fit to play Wednesday, will be rested ahead of the Scottish League Cup final on Sunday.
Vakoun Issouf Bayo, Odsonne Edouard, Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo, and Mohamed Elyounoussi all returned to training, but won’t be fit to play on Wednesday according to Neil Lennon. However, Olivier Ntcham is expected to get the start.
Celtic Predicted Starting XI
GK: Fraser Forster
He has been playing lights out, and with some of the best talent expected to miss the match, he will have to step up and play a great game if the Hoops wish to dominate.
RB: Jeremie Frimpong
Moritz Bauer should get the start on Sunday against Rangers and Hatem Abd Elhamed is out injured. In hopes of Bauer being completely rested, Frimpong could get the nod to go on Wednesday against Hamilton.
The man has been great. Not a ton to say here. He has solidified his starting spot on this club.
CB: Kristoffer Ajer
The lad has had his ups and downs this year, but has overall been a stalwart in the back. This is his spot to lose.
LB: Greg Taylor
Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo is out, and Taylor will be cup-tied come Sunday against Rangers. Despite some average performances (at best), he should get the nod here in hopes he can prove to Lennon why he was brought on.
CM: Scott Brown (c)
The man, the myth, the legend. Also, isn’t he 34-years old?? We can’t tell either.
CM: Callum McGregor
CalMac has been playing well as of late, and his speed and great runs will help propel the Bhoys to another victory over Hamilton. He is our prediction for “Man of the Match” on Wednesday.
RW: James Forrest
Arguably the most productive player on the Hoops this season, Forrest has been an absolute game-changer for this squad. Without him, this club would have a completely different identity.
CAM: Olivier Ntcham
This one isn’t bold. Neil Lennon all but said Ntcham would get the start on Wednesday during his most recent press conference.
LW: Mikey Johnston
Johnston came back at just the right time from injury, as Mohamed Elyounoussi caught the injury bug. Johnston gets the start by default, but will play hard to remind people why he should be the Hoops’ long-term left-winger.
ST: Leigh Griffiths
After seeing some time on the pitch against Ross County, he should get the nod to start tomorrow over Lewis Morgan. Morgan is not a natural striker, and when healthy, Griffiths can be a game changer.