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Celtic team news: Predicted Hoops line-up for Champions League qualifying round second leg against FK Sarajevo


Celtic can move one step closer to the Champions League group stage if they can finish off FK Sarajevo on Tuesday night.

The Hoops go into the second leg of their first qualifying round tie at Celtic Park with a 3-1 lead, so should make it through without too much difficulty. The winners of the tie will face Estonian side Nomme Kalju in the next qualifying round.

Celtic fans are expecting a smooth passage into the next qualifying round

However, Neil Lennon’s men will have to make sure they don’t let their lead slip.

The manager has a few injury concerns, with Mikey Johnston, who scored Celtic’s first goal in the first leg, and new Bhoy Boli Bolingoli ruled out with knocks.

Kieran Tierney, who has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal this summer is recovering as are Jack Hendry, Marian Shved, Daniel Arzani, Eboue Kouassi and Vakoun Issouf Bayo.

Meanwhile, midfielders Tom Rogic and Olivier Ntcham are unlikely to play as they’ve yet to feature in pre-season.

So who will get the nod from Lennon? Below you can see talkSPORT.com’s predicted Celtic line-up against Sarajevo.

Will this be the Celtic team to face Sarajevo?

Predicted XI: Bain, Ajer, Simunovic, Jullien, Brown, McGregor, Christie, Forrest, Morgan, Griffiths, Edouard

Lennon could employ a 3-5-2 formation as he doesn’t have any left-backs at his disposal, while Anthony Ralston, 20, is the only available right-back.

New signing Christopher Jullien played in a friendly against Rennes at the weekend and could play in the three alongside Jozo Simunovic and Kristoffer Ajer.

Scott Bain is establishing himself as the No.1 goalkeeper despite Craig Gordon coming back to full fitness following his knee problem.

It’s likely the wingers will also have to help out tracking back and PFA Scotland’s Young Player of the Year James Forrest should go on the right, while 22-year-old Lewis Morgan could play on the left.

Forrest started the first leg in Sarajevo

Experienced midfielders Scott Brown and Callum McGregor are likely to occupy the centre midfield spots while Ryan Christie will play in the no.10 role.

Up front, Odsonne Edouard, who scored in the first leg, should start and this game could be the ideal opportunity to give Leigh Griffiths some minutes, meaning Scott Sinclair may be on the bench, even though he also scored in the first leg.

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