Lennon makes 4 changes, 21 y/o starts & £7.2m-rated star returns: Predicted Celtic XI vs Riga

Celtic’s European quest continues this evening as they head to Latvia to face Riga in the Europa League third qualifying round.

At the weekend, the Hoops edged a 3-2 victory over Livingston to remain second in the SPFL table, so will Neil Lennon make many changes for this match?

One confirmed absentee will be Christopher Jullien with the Frenchman not travelling due to injury.

Riga are already 19 games into their season and won the league last term, so here’s the lineup we are predicting tonight…

predicted celtic xi vs riga europa league qualifying - Lennon makes 4 changes, 21 y/o starts & £7.2m-rated star returns: Predicted Celtic XI vs Riga

The Bhoys boss could make as many as four changes with one big name returning to the starting XI.

Vasilis Barkas keeps his place between the sticks as the number one in pretty much all competitions whilst central defenders Kristoffer Ajer and Shane Duffy also remain in a three-man defence.

However, without Jullien, Lennon opts for Nir Bitton to play over Hatem Abd Elhamed. The 28-year-old was part of the side that won 6-0 vs Reykjavik but wasn’t during their defeat to Ferencvaros.

Greg Taylor should keep his place at left wing-back with £7.2m-rated winger James Forrest replacing Jeremie Frimpong on the other flank.

In midfield, there’s no place for skipper Scott Brown with 21-year-old summer signing David Turnbull being gifted a rare start. He could partner Callum McGregor with Olivier Ntcham playing slightly ahead.

Talismanic striker Odsonne Edouard returns after being rested at the weekend and he is likely to take up a place alongside Alban Ajeti, who scored the winner in his absence against Livi.

It does mean that there’s are places for Patryk Klimala, Ryan Christie or the £8.55m-rated Moi Elyounoussi.

AND in other news, Hammond is making a mistake if he entertains reported £12m interest…

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