'Lennon's been in the Scrabble bag again': Celtic fans react to starting XI to face Sparta Prague

Neil Lennon has named his Celtic side to face Sparta Prague in the Europa League on Thursday evening.

Celtic defender Christopher Jullien returns to the side. Picture: SNS
Celtic defender Christopher Jullien returns to the side. Picture: SNS

The Parkhead boss has made four changes to the team that started Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Hibs at Easter Road.

There’s a new look to the defence with Jeremie Frimpong and Nir Bitton dropping out. Christopher Jullien returns to partner Kristoffer Ajer while Hatem Elhamed lines up at right-back across from Diego Laxalt. Scott Bain keeps his position in goals.

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There is one change to the midfield with Tom Rogic being replaced by Olivier Ntcham. He’ll take up position ahead of Callum McGregor and Scott Brown, while Mohamed Elyounoussi and Ryan Christie remain the wide players.

And the final change comes up front where Odsonne Edouard returns to the starting XI in place of Albian Ajet.

Here’s how the Celtic support reacted on social media:

@helenandpaul: “Lennon’s been in the scrabble bag again. Pedestrian midfield and another new defence. #LennonOut”

@hoopslad67: “Looks like the best of what’s available. Delighted big Jullien is back. Looks a balanced side. Here’s hoping they put in the effort! Mon the Hoops.”

@NtchamV2: “That’s the team most wanted or at least expected. Now time to get a result.”

@Jokeybhoy: “I was wanting Elhamed and Jullien back in pronto so it's a stick on they will be p*** tonight. We need defensive minded players in there while we are conceding like we are.”

@McCeltic1888: “Brown, McGregor and Ntcham is not working.”

@LK95_: “I think I've seen this film before; and I didn't like the ending.”

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