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Expect the manager and team to both be ready

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It is time for our seasonal reminder: the first competitive fixture of a new season is statistically more akin to a lottery than a predictable event; in evidence, we have Lincoln Red Imps and Artmedia Bratislav, two teams who won as significant underdogs against Celtic.

Season 2019-20 starts tonight in a field in Bosnia, where local champions, Sarajevo, attempt to record what would be one of the most significant victories in their history.

Neil Lennon has some decisions to make, particularly in defence, where Christopher Jullien and Boli Mbombo could make their debuts, the latter in the absence of Kieran Tierney, who is still recovering from an operation in May.

The heat has relented in Sarajevo and across Europe from the heights recorded last week, so it will be more like a balmy Glasgow evening than an oven for the Celtic players.  Importantly, Neil Lennon has been through a few experiences like this.  He will remember the pain of defeats European competition at the hands of Utrecht (4-0) and Braga (3-0) in his first season in charge of Celtic.

Expect the manager and the team to both be ready this time.

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  1. That’s why you have a centre back pairing…not 2 who have never played together..utter stupidity

  2. My god ..this match has a ‘seen this movie before theme’…Just remind me this is the first round?

     

    Unbelievably tricky looking tie.

     

    …as i type mickey johnson 1.1….get in……………………

  3. Fool Time Whistle on

    Maradominic

     

     

    How do you know he didn’t shout? Because Simo headed it?

     

     

    The CBs are Ajer & Simo – who’ve played together lots.

     

     

    Bitton is the covering player.

     

     

    Get a grip.

  4. O.G.Rafferty on

    Holds off 3 players, spins and smashes it across the keeper from 25 yards out. Didn’t see that coming

  5. Yip…you can tell there is no shout..because if he did he would have left it……w have a new lb. So play players in their usual position…I like bitton. And ayr but as ch. And mf

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