Team’s Up – Three changes as Alistair Johnston, Bernardo and Forrest start in Rome

Brendan Rodgers has named his Celtic team for this evening’s game against Lazio. The Scottish Champions are in Rome for Matchday Five of the UEFA Champions League and require a win against the Italians to keep their hopes alive of European football beyond Christmas.

After the disappointing draw with Motherwell at the weekend, the Celtic manager has made three changes with Alistair Johnston, Paulo Bernardo and James Forrest coming in from the start. Anthony Ralston and Odin Thiago Holm both drop to the bench while Luis Palma is suspended.

In goals, Joe Hart starts. The Englishman will need to be in stellar form if Celtic are to take anything from the game.

In defence, Johnston returns after being rested at the weekend,  Greg Taylor starts on the left with Cameron Carter-Vickers and Liam Scales starting in the central pairing.

In midfield, Callum McGregor starts with Matt O’Riley and Paulo Bernardo. In attack, Kyogo starts through the middle with James Forrest coming back after missing out at the weekend with this evening in mind, with  Yang on the opposing flank.

Marco Tilio was not registered with UEFA for the Champions League so can’t play.

On the bench for Celtic this evening are Bain, Morrison, Lagerbielke, Phillips, Turnbull, Holm, Oh, Ralston, Welsh Frame and Mikey Johnston.

The Celtic B team beat their Lazio counterparts 2-0 earlier today, a same result would give Celtic a brilliant chance of going through or at least going into the Europa League.

The game kicks off at 17:45 (Celtic Park Time) with the game on TNT Sports 1.

Here’s the SS Lazio team for this evening…

Here’s Brendan speaking to TNT Sports…

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