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Celtic predicted lineup: Lewis Morgan retains his place in familiar team

Neil Lennon, manager of Celtic during the UEFA Champions League First Qualifying Round 2nd Leg match between Celtic and FC Sarajevo at Celtic Park Stadium on July 17, 2019 in Glasgow,...

Celtic play Nomme Kalju on Wednesday night in UEFA Champions League qualifying action.

Neil Lennon, manager of Celtic during the UEFA Champions League First Qualifying Round 2nd Leg match between Celtic and FC Sarajevo at Celtic Park Stadium on July 17, 2019 in Glasgow,...

Celtic continue their quest to make the group stages of the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night, hosting Estonian champions Nomme Kalju in the second qualifying round at Celtic Park.

Neil Lennon and his side will know that a strong performance is required to bring a healthy lead into the second leg away from home next Tuesday evening.

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Having handily taken care of FK Sarajevo in the last round, the Hoops will come into this one with a bit of confidence and a bit more fitness after a long pre-season.

With players such as Tom Rogic, Vakoun Bayo and Marian Shved still unavailable because of injury problems, it will likely be a familiar looking starting eleven to what we've seen already over the last couple of weeks.

 

One big call Lennon does have to make is who to start at left wing, with Mikey Johnston returning to contention for a spot in the manager's lineup after missing the Sarajevo second leg.

However, having noted he's been impressed with Lewis Morgan this summer, Lennon could opt to go for the former St Mirren man like last week.

Morgan was considered by some fans to be one of the team's top performers in that Sarajevo clash and may have done enough to retain his place in the side.

There's no need to rush Johnston back into things when Morgan has made such excellent progress over the past few weeks.

Elsewhere in midfield and attack it will likely be business as usual with Scott Brown, Callum McGregor, Ryan Christie, James Forrest and Odsonne Edouard all likely to play. Lennon must field a strong team given the importance of the tie and all five are reliable and effective presences in this successful team.

Callum McGregor and Lewis Morgan of Celtic at the final whistle during the UEFA Champions League First Qualifying Round 2nd Leg match between Celtic and FC Sarajevo at Celtic Park Stadium...

In defence, the need to play Kristoffer Ajer at right-back will likely continue given the Hoops still have not signed a player for the position. With Boli Bolingoli on the left flank, the duo should provide capable protection and attacking ambition to test the Estonians.

Nir Bitton may drop out of central defence, with Lennon admitting to the BBC that new signing Christopher Jullien could "possibly" make his competitive debut despite still working on his fitness. Jozo Simunovic would be the likely partner for the Frenchman.

Jullien will need to build his match sharpness up for potentially tougher qualifying tests to come and Wednesday night is a great opportunity to do that while not putting the team at risk.

Your predicted Celtic lineup in full is:

Celtic XI vs Nomme Kalju (H)

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