The Hoops travel to Romania for their final Europa League group stage game of the season.
Rotation is highly likely given Neil Lennon’s side have already qualified for the last-32 as Group E winners. A win is ideal, of course, but we find ourselves in the forunate and rare position of having no pressure on us in a European fixture at all.
Everyone connected with the club will be in high spirits after Sunday’s historic win over rivals Rangers. The Hoops sealed their tenth trophy in a row thanks to Christopher Jullien, who scored the only goal in a game they looked likely to lose. Fraser Forster put in a MOTM winning performance and once more proved just why he’s known as The Great Wall.
Opponents Cluj sit second Group E and need just a point to progress to the knockout phase as runners-up.
The last time the sides faced each other in Romania was back in August in the Champions League third qualifying round, where a 1-1 draw was played out.
Here is our Celtic predicted XI.
GK: Craig Gordon
Squad rotation could begin at the first line of defence. Gordon hasn’t played in three months and could get some game-time.
RB: Moritz Bauer
With Frimpong ineligible and Elhamed injured, loanee Bauer will get a chance to impress.
CB: Nir Bitton
Came off the bench in Sunday’s win over Rangers and did what was required. Likely to be given another start.
CB: Christopher Jullien
Our cup final hero has been a monumental figure in the team since his arrival. Lennon may start him alongside Bitton given his quality.
LB: Boli Bolingoli
Returned to the matchday squad at the weekend for the first time in over a month. Could be eased back into the side starting on Thursday, though it’s a toss-up between him and Greg Taylor.
CM: Olivier Ntcham
More than capable of doing a job in the centre of the park. His flair and vision makes him a joy to watch.
CM: Scott Robertson
Rumours on social media have suggested 18-year-old Robertson could be set to make his Celtic debut on Thursday.
RM: Mikey Johnston
Should’ve started on Sunday in hindsight as he looked sharp when he came on in the second-half. Likely to start this one.
CAM: Tom Rogic
Ryan Christie has played a lot of football so far, and he could make way for Tom Rogic as a means of squad rotation. The Aussie needs game-time.
LM: Scott Sinclair
Is he in contention to make his 7th appearance of the season? A game such as this would be a good time to give fringe players the opportunity to impress.
ST: Leigh Griffiths
Neil Lennon confirmed that Griffiths and fellow striker Vakoun Issouf Bayo would have a part to play in Romania, so it seems like it could be a toss-up to see who starts.