The much changed midfield three of Rogic and Christie, playing ahead of McGregor, seemed to work extremely well for Celtic yesterday. The changes came as Olivier Ntcham and Scott Brown sat out the match through injury. Meanwhile, Jeremie Frimpong occupied the right wing-back spot, in place of James Forrest.
The omitted trio have all been regular features of late, and played in the first leg against Copenhagen last week. Speaking to BBC Scotland, Neil Lennon said: “Oli (Ntcham) had a slight calf strain so I’m sure he’ll be okay (for Thursday). Browny’s got a stresser in the toe area so we’ll see how he is. Jamesy should be fine.”
Copenhagen, meanwhile, were held to a 1-1 draw in their Danish Superliga match away at Silkeborg yesterday. The Dane’s have an impressive away record in the Europa League this season, having drawn 1-1 at Dynamo Kiev and Malmo, as well as beating Lugano 1-0. Nevertheless, Celtic have won all three home games in the competition, including a superb 2-1 victory over Italian high flyers – Lazio.
It will be interesting to see if the Celtic captain does make it, and indeed what shape Lennon will adopt after his side’s superb exploits at the weekend.
The match is live on BT Sport ESPN and all tickets at Celtic Park are now sold out.
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