Date: 23rd February 2020 at 1:30pm
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Celtic have the visit of Kilmarnock to contend with this afternoon as the Parkhead side looks to edge ever closer to the Scottish Premiership title and take another huge step towards 9-in-a-row.

After a Jekyll and Hyde performance against Copenhagen, Neil Lennon will want his side to return to their fluent best against a team known for their resilience and less than expansive playing style.

Lennon will face the decision of reverting to the 3-5-2 shape that has worked so successfully since the winter break or persevere with Odsonne Edouard leading the line on his own with Leigh Griffiths just back from a minorĀ  a hamstring injury.

The Celtic gaffer has every other attacking option available to him and with Jonny Hayes and Jeremie Frimpong failing to impress in mid-week they may see themselves back on the bench if Jozo Simunovic is restored to the starting XI in a back three.

Boli Bolingoli and James Forrest would be the men most likely entrusted with providing the width for the Hoops, Greg Taylor remains an injury doubt after missing the trip to Copenhagen which is a blow for the Scotland international and Lennon given his recent form since the change to wing-backs.

James Forrest or Jeremie Frimpong?

Forrest

Forrest

Frimpong

Frimpong

Against “lesser” opposition Scott Brown may have been rested, but given the opposition he will assume his role dictating play and protecting the space in front of his defence.

Such has been the success of Celtic’s transformation in system, it is nearly impossible to pick which way they will set-up, Lennon has the option of shoehorning Ryan Christie and Olivier Ntcham into the side if Griffiths isn’t risked with the Scot capable of operating in a more advanced position as it would be a surprise to see him opt with Patryk Klimala or Vakoun Issouf Bayo alongside Edouard.

Which ever shape the Northern Irishman opts for, the quality of personnel and current form should be enough on it’s own to see the Hoops run out as comfortable winners against the Rugby Park side, they may raise their game against both sides of the Glasgow divide but Celtic would have some way to drop below their recent high standards to allow the Ayrshire side a sniff of a result.

 

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