After a disastrous Europa League outing in a 4-1 loss to Sparta Prague on Thursday, Celtic will be looking to rebound against Ross County.
In the Hoops’ first match of the Scottish League Cup campaign this year they play host to Ross County, who will be looking to make the League Cup quarterfinals for the first time since winning it in 2016. Celtic will, however, be looking to repeat last year’s success when they won the cup for the 4th straight time.
Ross County have not won in their previous thirteen SPFL matches, but have been finding relative success in league cup play on the year, and will be looking to upset Celtic at home for the first time since 2010.
Celtic will be without Leigh Griffiths due to injury as well as David Turnbull, who tested positive after returning from international duty. Ross County will be without goalkeeper Ross Doohan, since he is ineligible to play against parent club Celtic while on loan.
Neil Lennon is likely look to rotate some players and to keep the side fresh for upcoming league games. Some of the faces he could give a chance to that weren’t in the XI against Sparta Prague include Duffy, and Ajeti. It would be quite a surprise if the side were to move away from the 4-2-3-1 formation that the manager has favoured as of late.
Goalkeeper: Scott Bain
Defenders: Hatem Abd Elhamed, Shane Duffy, Kristoffer Ajer, Diego Laxalt
Midfielders: Scott Brown, Callum McGregor, Tom Rogic
Forwards: Mo Elyounoussi, Ryan Christie, Albian Ajeti
While this might be just a second round League Cup tie, it is very important for the Hoops to put in a big performance here. Right now, they find themselves in terrible form and another negative result will just pile the pressure on the team. On the other hand, a big win could go a long way in getting the season back on track.