FILIPE JOTA returns to the Celtic starting line-up for the Premiership clash against Kilmarnock at Parkhead this afternoon.
The Portuguese winger missed out at the kick-off at Ibrox on Monday, but made a substitute appearance in the second-half and was instrumental in Kyogo Fuuruhashi’s equalising goal in the 88th minute in the 2-2 stalemate.
Jota is one of three changes with Alexandro Bernabei coming in at left-back for the injured Greg Taylor while Aaron Mooy starts in place of Matt O’Riley.
TRADING PLACES…Aaron Mooy is congratulated by Matt O’Riley after scoring his first goal for Celtic in the 4-0 win at Hibs. Now the Aussie midfielder has taken the Denmark Under-21 international’s slot to face Kilmarnock.
James Forrest also drops onto the bench for the first of a double-header against Derek McInnes’ side with the teams locking horns again in the Viaplay League Cup semi-final at Hampden a week tonight.
Intriguingly, Croatia World Cup star Josip Juranovic returns to the stand-by squad with Alistair Johnston remaining in the right-back slot.
TEAM: Hart; Johnston, Carter-Vickers, Starfelt, Bernabei; Mooy, McGregor, Hatate; Jota, Kyogo, Maeda. Subs: Bain, Jenz, Giakoumakis, Abada, Turnbull, Kobayashi, O’Riley, Forrest, Juranovic.
Earlier today, CQN tested your knowledge on past Celtic and Kilmarnock connections in our fun five-minute quiz.
Now we repeat the questions and provide the answers.
TOUCHLINE TERROR…Davie Provan turns on the style. (See Question 3.)
1: Which Celtic player scored his first goal for the club in the win at Rugby Park in August?
2: Which ex-Killie player figured in that success for the Hoops?
3: Billy McNeill paid a-then record fee of £125,000 to sign a winger from the Rugby Park club in September 1978. Can you name the player?
4: Celtic raided Kilmarnock for their manager in the summer of 1994. Can you remember the identity of the iconic Celt?
5: Who was the on-loan defender who scored his second goal in successive games for Celtic in the 5-0 romp in Ayrshire?
1: Carl Starfelt.
2: Greg Taylor.
3: Davie Provan.
4: Tommy Burns.
5: Moritz Jenz.
Go to the top of the class if you got five out of five!
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