Duffy dropped, Lennon prioritises £7.6k p/w ace: Predicted Celtic XI vs Sparta Prague – opinion

Celtic will be hoping to gain some ground in the Europa League this evening over bottom-of-the-table Sparta Prague. The Hoops haven’t had the best start to their run so they will be hoping that this will be a golden chance to resurrect their recent streak of rocky form.

Neil Lennon has been changing up his starting lineups a lot over the past few weeks and whilst some have fallen flat on their face, others have started showing glimpses of promise. Particularly with Odsonne Edouard back in action, Celtic could be in with a good chance of grabbing three points tonight.

Football FanCast has predicted how the Hoops will set up to face Sparta Prague this evening…

Celtic Predicted XI vs Sparta Prague 1 - Duffy dropped, Lennon prioritises £7.6k p/w ace: Predicted Celtic XI vs Sparta Prague – opinion

With Scott Bain proving to be a much better option between the sticks than Vasilis Barkas, Lennon would be foolish to change things up now. The £7.6k per-week Scotsman had a solid game against Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup last time out and the clean sheet will give him motivation to produce another winning performance.

A change in defence could be warranted though, with Nir Bitton currently filling in for the injured Kristoffer Ajer. However, Shane Duffy was disappointing against Lille in Celtic’s previous Europa League clash, making just 23 accurate passes and giving away a penalty (via Sofascore).

For this reason, fans could see the return of Hatem Abd Elhamed, who was a key figure this season until he was sidelined due to coronavirus.

With Ryan Christie in fine form at the moment, he will undoubtedly start opposite Mohamed Elyounoussi in the wide areas. The two could prove to be lethal to the opposition as they continue to work together. Lennon appears to have dropped the idea of a double strike force in his attack and has been trying out one lone target-man supported by three others.

Albian Ajeti could get the nod after being deployed up front on several occasions recently. His support just behind Edouard could help the Frenchman find his form after also being out of action. Bagging a win will put the Hoops back into a winning streak, with Motherwell awaiting them on Sunday.

In other news, Celtic must move for bargain priced Diego Laxalt on permanent deal…

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