Celtic FC vs Hibernian prediction: Celtic FC line-up
Celtic lock horns with Hibernian on Sunday hoping to retain the top spot in the Scottish Premiership table.
The Hoops lost to CFR Cluj away from home on Thursday evening but that did not prevent Neil Lennon’s side from winning Group E. They have been brilliant in the Europa League this season and deservedly booked their place in the round of 32.
But Lennon’s side will quickly need to shift their focus on Premiership duties and continue their rich vein of form with a win over Hibernian.
Vakoun Bayo and Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo returned from injury on Thursday against Cluj in Romania.
Probable Celtic XI
Fraser Forster (GK)
Forster put in a world-class display against Rangers in the Scottish League Cup final. After being rested on Thursday, he’ll be back in goal at the weekend.
Jeremie Frimpong (RB)
The young right-back has made himself a firm favourite with supporters since his arrival from Manchester City. He’s a certainty to start against Hibernian.
Christopher Jullien (CB)
Strong in the air and decent on the ball, Jullien is an easy pick for Sunday’s game.
Kristoffer Ajer (CB)
Ajer has been a regular fixture since the start of the season and needs to keep things tight at the back.
Greg Taylor (LB)
Greg Taylor didn’t feature against Rangers in the Scottish League Cup final as he was suspended, however, he is expected to start this game at left-back.
Scott Brown (CM)
An influential figure on the pitch, Brown will look to take control of the game from minute one.
Callum McGregor (CM)
Partnering Brown in central midfield will be McGregor, who has been one of the best players for the Hoops so far this season.
Mohamed Elyounoussi (LW)
Elyounoussi didn’t make too big an impact against Rangers in the League Cup final but he’ll be keen to impress the manager against Hibs.
Ryan Christie (CAM)
Christie is a clever player who likes to exploit spaces behind the opposition defence. He is an undoubted starter for this game.
James Forrest (RW)
Forrest is a really tricky player to deal with due to his pace and power. He will look to cause all kinds of problems for the Hibs defenders at Parkhead.
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Odsonne Edouard (ST)
Came on as a second-half substitute in the League Cup final but Edouard should be fully fit to start on Sunday.