Games are coming thick and fast for Celtic, who have the chance to get back to winning ways when they travel north to face Aberdeen this Sunday.
The Hoops suffered their second home defeat in a row on Thursday as AC Milan proved to be too strong for the Scottish champions. The Rossoneri seemed to put the game to bed in the first-half after going 2-0 up, however, Elyounoussi gave the home side a glimmer of hope after pulling one back with 14 minutes to go. They looked like getting the equaliser before Jens Petter Hauge put the game beyond doubt for the visitors in the dying minutes.
There were certainly spells in the game where Celtic showed improvement, particularly when they switched to a back-four. They pressed well and looked up for it compared to their performance the Saturday before; though sloppy defensive work gifted Milan the win.
Lennon has a talented group of players at his disposal and they’ll want to right their wrongs when they face the Dons on Sunday.
The Hoops haven’t dropped points at Pittodrie since February 2016 (a run of eight games unbeaten); we can’t let that slip now.
Forrest, Johnston, Jullien, Bitton and Elhamed all remain sidelined; Edouard could feature.
Here’s how Lennon could line his side up for this weekend’s big match.
GK: Vasilis Barkas
Harsh to pin any of Milan’s goals on him. Remains number one.
RB: Jeremie Frimpong
Got into dangerous positions and looked to get forward on Thursday, but his end product let him down. Reverting back to defence could do be benefiticial, as he’ll have someone to play off of down the right hand-side.
CB: Kristoffer Ajer
A commanding performance against Milan. Should be the first centre-half on the teamsheet.
CB: Shane Duffy
Struggled to deal with the intensity and pressure on the European stage and didn’t look comfortable in a back-three. Switching to a four may help him out.
LB: Diego Laxalt
It’s safe to see he was probably our best player on the park midweek. Unfortunately he was subbed off right after our equaliser (seemingly due to tiredness), but he showed just why we’ve brought him in.
CM: Scott Brown (C)
Was subbed off on Thursday; I’m assuming it’s because Lennon wants to keep him fresh for this match. These are the games where we need our captain to stand-up and be counted.
CM: Callum McGregor
The midfielder has been in the news this week having spoke about his sides performances and how they must be flexible when it comes to formations and systems.
He’s a player who has the quality to bounce back and make a difference.
RM: Ryan Christie
Injected some much-needed energy into the game when he came on v Milan; having him back is a boost and means we have options going forward. He’s capable of coming in from the right-handside, linking-up with Frimping and making an impact.
AM: Tom Rogic
Another player who made a difference when he came on. He’s not blessed with pace, but he has the touch and vision to pick out that killer pass.
We can’t look at his 25 minute and assume he’ll immediately play the same on Sunday, but he’s a player who has delivered on the big occasion countless times. He may not have had a ‘big’ moment in a while, but his quality is still there to choose from.
LM: Mohamed Elyounoussi
Came on and was able to have a better influence on the game playing from his natural wide position. Hopefully his goal will give him confidence going forward.
ST: Albian Ajeti
Some good hold-up play from the Swiss striker on Thursday. Still not capable of a full 90 minutes but he’s a strong player who can get you goals.