Here’s the Celtic Starting XI for the League Cup Final against Rangers at Hampden Park.
Scott Brown (c)
Celtic are aiming to win their fourth consecutive Scottish League Cup title when they take on Rangers in the final at Hampden Park. Both sides have started the season in exceptional form and are without doubt the two best and most consistent teams in Scotland at the moment. Thus, it should come as no surprise if the final is a very close affair.
Celtic have completely dominated Scottish football over the past decade. Today’s final is the last trophy that they will play for in what has been an historic phase for the club and thus they will be looking to bring it to a close by lifting the cup at Hampden Park.
Rangers on the other will be eager to leave this decade behind. It has been one of the darkest periods in the club’s history, that saw them being dissolved, then resurrected and having to start from the fourth tier of Scottish football. The last time they won a major trophy was in 2011 and a win on Sunday could be a huge boost for Steven Gerrard’s side.
Going into the game there was a lot of confusion going into the game as a number of key Celtic players like Odsonne Edouard, Mohamed Elyounoussi, Boli Bolingoli and Jonny Hayes had been injured for the past few weeks and were major doubts for the final.
We do not need to stress on the importance of Mohamed Elyounoussi and Odsonne Eoduard to this team. And with Greg Taylor cup-tied it could have turned out to be a complicated situation for Neil Lennon to fill in the left-back position. But thankfully all of them have managed to recover in time.
Yet it is only the bench that Edouard has managed to make, not yet fully fit to start the game. Lewis Morgan will start in the striker’s position. Also, Jonny Hayes has got the nod ahead of Bolingoli. Whether that is due to some fitness issue or just a tactical choice remains to be seen.