Team’s Up – Griffiths and Ajeti starts as Lennon persists with 3-5-2

NEIL LENNON has named his side for tonight’s game against AC Milan. The Scottish Champions face the Serie A league leaders in the opener of Group H at an empty Celtic Park tonight. Despite receiving flak for playing 3-5-2 in the defeat to Rangers, the manager has decided to stick with it – although it may be more like a 5-4-1 in practice.

Vasilis Barkas starts in goals.

Young Stephen Welsh continues given the absence of Jullien, Bitton and Elhamed. The 20-year-old is joined by Shane Duffy and Kris Ajer in a central defensive three. At left wing back it is the man on loan from AC Milan, Diego Laxalt. On the right, Celtic’s Jeremie Frimpong will be hoping to get forward and cause as many problems as he can against Theo Hernandez.

In midfield, Lennon has stuck by Scott Brown, Callum McGregor and Olivier Ntcham. The two changes come in attack with Moi Elyounoussi and Patryk Klimala dropping to the bench to be replaced by Leigh Griffiths and Albian Ajeti.

On the bench for Celtic: Bain., Hazard, Taylor, Klimala, Soro, Turnbull, Christie, Rogic, Elyounoussi, Henderson, Dembele.

Celtic famously beat Lazio home and away last season and will have to be at their best to beat one of Europe’s on form teams. I Rossoneri are unbeaten in twenty games and it will be another tough evening for Celtic.

A lot of supporters will be more concerned upon Sunday’s game against Aberdeen but a good performance is a must after the turgid display on Saturday against Rangers.

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