Team’s Up – Bitton Returns

The team is announced and it’s no surprise that Celtic line-up with a very similar 11 to that which massacred Hearts at Celtic Park on Wednesday night. Indeed, Neil Lennon seeks to keep the momentum going with the 3-5-2 formation adopted once more. Forster keeps his spot in goal, the back three is comprised of Ajer, Bitton and Jullien – the latter was on the scoresheet in midweek – whilst Biton returns to the team in place of Simunovic, who appears to be injured given that he does not feature among the substitutes. In midfield, Brown sits in the deeper role, with the skipper providing cover for Ntcham and McGregor, allowing the duo to express themselves with more attacking play after both have scored two goals in their last two games. On the flanks is Greg Taylor, who Neil Lennon told Celtic TV “Had his best game in a Celtic shirt,” on his last outing, and James Forrest plays on the right. Edouard and Griffiths play up front, looking to return to the score sheet as incredibly neither scored in the 5-0 drubbing against Hearts last time out.

There is a notable change to the bench with Jeremie Frimpong returning to the squad, having completed his rehab this week. He is joined by Scott Bain, Jonny Hayes, Tom Rogic, Elyounoussi, Bayo and Ryan Christie. Christie may feel unlucky not to be handed a start after his goal, just four minutes after being introduced, in midweek. Certainly, he will be likely to feature at some point today, back at his old stomping ground – Pittodrie.

The Aberdeen line up can be seen here:

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Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up in Bournemouth with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic during the Martin O'Neill era. Still living on the south coast, I have a season ticket at Paradise and also travel to European away matches when possible. I have written four Celtic books since the age of 19: Our Stories & Our Songs: The Celtic Support, Take Me To Your Paradise: A History Of Celtic-Related Incidents & Events, Walfrid & The Bould Bhoys: Celtic's Founding Fathers, First Season & Early Stars, and The Holy Grounds of Glasgow Celtic: A Guide To Celtic Landmarks & Sites Of Interest. These were/are sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores, and are available on Amazon.

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