You and I both like to see new signings introduced but it would be an enormous gamble to throw Derk Boerrigter into the fray tonight. The player is unlikely to have trained with his new teammates, will know little about Celtic’s systems, and while Neil Lennon will have watched Derk many times, the real discovery period will be in the weeks to come. A place on the bench for Derk will be fine.
I’ve been a bit confused by the Moh Bangura debate; can we really care that much if he plays, I mean, we’re not talking about a guy who scored as many goals for us as Daryl Murphy here. The discourse sounds not dissimilar to some of the ways Jock Stein would manipulate events ahead of a game. Put the opponent on the back foot from the off, cover all bases.
Key players for Celtic tonight, as always when it comes to Europe, will be Georgios Samaras and Kris Commons. They have the maturity and guile to know how to deliver, but our defence will need to be alert to what will be the superior fitness of the Elfsborg players, especially late in the game.
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