Having seen his team already clinch qualification for the knockout rounds of the Europa League, Celtic manager Neil Lennon took the liberty of making four changes to his starting line-up for last night’s Group E encounter with Rennes at Parkhead.
Lewis Morgan started up top in place of the rested Odsonne Edouard, while Olivier Ntcham came into the midfield and Moritz Bauer and Greg Taylor started in the full-back positions. [via Sky Sports]
The team news was confirmed by Celtic’s official Twitter account @CelticFC with just under 90 minutes remaining to kick-off.
📋 @EuropaLeague team news!
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) November 28, 2019
Morgan, who was making his first appearance of the Europa League group stage, scored the opening goal in the Hoops’ 3-1 victory, a result which guaranteed top spot for Lennon’s team (as per Sky Sports).
Bauer also had good reason to feel pleased with his contribution afterwards, sending in four crosses on the night, while Ntcham provided the assist for Mikey Johnston’s goal that gave Celtic a three-goal lead.
Before kick-off, though, these Hoops fans on Twitter voiced their displeasure over the manager’s team selection:
Hahaha. Now announce the real team.
— . (@BC67__) November 28, 2019
state of that line up…
— David O’Reilly (@DavidOReilly3) November 28, 2019
What is this line-up? pic.twitter.com/QMpCZ1X0F4
— Celtic 4 life (@Celtic12227908) November 28, 2019
Announce proper line up
— Ross Bolingoli (@RossLundy17) November 28, 2019
Morgan? Is Lennon trying to close the whole stadium as well as the GB section?
— Patsy O (@NalcedYellos) November 28, 2019
Slightly frustrating that he’s gone with this. We’ve done excellently so far in this group and have a great chance to top it. I hope we don’t regret going with this line up. Ultimately if we had better game management and squad rotational skills, we wouldn’t have had to do this.
— Daniel Gallagher (@_dgallagher99) November 28, 2019
And the real team is???
— Allan Johnston (@AllanJohnston8) November 28, 2019
Celtic fans, what did you think of Lennon’s team selection prior to kick-off? Were his decisions ultimately justified? Have your say by commenting below!
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