Celtic team to face Livingston with Neil Lennon and 13 players still in isolation

Celtic name their team to face Livingston in the Scottish Premiership.

Celtic Park hosts this afternoon's match (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group)

The reigning Scottish champions are back at Parkhead five days after fielding a make-shift team against Hibs with more than a dozen first-team players and staff unavailable through self-isolation, in the aftermath of Christopher Jullien’s positive test for Covid-19.

The likes of Shane Duffy, Diego Laxalt and David Turnbull were available, which was of some consolation to Gavin Strachan, the first-team coach who took the team and the experienced trio with Jeremie Frimpong and Conor Hazard will be expected to again make up for the absence of key players like Kristoffer Ajer, Ryan Christie, Odsonne Edouard, Leigh Griffiths.

Sign up to our Football newsletter

Sign up to our Football newsletter

It is the first of two games in quick succession against the West Lothian side, as Celtic move to catch up on their outstanding matches which has left them three games behind league leaders Rangers.

Cup winning goalkeeper keeps his place from Monday night's draw

Today’s game at Parkhead is followed by a trip along the M8 on Wednesday – when it’s hoped more options will be available.

The Celtic bench for this afternoon is: Doohan, Taylor, Connell, Robertson, Okoflex, Henderson, Harper, Welsh, Karamoko.

And the starting XI is...

Israeli returns to the team following suspension for his Old Firm red card
Drafted in for his first start of the season
The Irish international has been linked with a move to Nottingham Forest but he's involved today
The Uruguayan keeps his place on the left-side of an attacking formation.
The young defender maintains an element of continuity in the side.
The midfielder's industry has made him undroppable since he stepped into the first-team picture.
The midfielder has scored five goals in eight starts for Celtic so far this campaign.
The midfielder will captain the side - and co-ordinate a socially-distant huddle.
The young Scot is seeking his first home league goal since August 2019.
The Australian will be expected to link-up the midfield and attack in his usual way

Want to join the conversation? Please or to comment on this article.