Neil Lennon has named his Starting XI for this afternoon’s Scottish Cup Final versus Heart of Midlothian at Hampden Park. The rearranged 2019/20 Final sees Celtic just ninety minutes away from securing a Quadruple Treble and Lennon has had to make some big calls in terms of who starts the game against Robbie Neilson’s side.
In goals, he has decided to stick with 22-year-old Conor Hazard, preferring him to both Vasilis Barkas and Scott Bain. The Northern Ireland Internationalist has played the last two games and has looked a calming influence at the back for the 10IAR chasers.
In defence, Kris Ajer continues at right back after performing admirably in the last two outings. He is joined with Christopher Jullien and Shane Duffy in the centre of defence with Greg Taylor starting on the left hand side.
In midfield, Lennon was having to weigh up whether to start his captain Scott Brown or retain Ismaila Soro, who has been impressive in the last two wins. He has gone with his captain for the experience.
He is joined by Callum McGregor in the centre of midfield. David Turnbull would’ve been one of the first names on the team sheet, such has his form been since his introduction to the starting XI. He starts in an advanced role and will be hoping to be amongst the goals.
Moi Elyounoussi starts on the left, Ryan Christie on the right with Jeremie Frimpong dropping out.
Odsonne Edouard leads the line as he looks to replicate his goalscoring form from the 2019 Scottish Cup Final, in which his brace broke Hearts.
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On the bench: Barkas, Bitton, Griffiths, Klimala, Soro, Rogic, Johnston, Frimpong and Laxalt.
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