Celtic v CFR Cluj Prediction – Predicted Celtic line-up
Celtic will be aiming to strike a revenge on CFR Cluj when they face the Romanian side in the Europa League group-stage matchday two at the Parkhead this Thursday night.
Both these teams met in this year’s Champions League third qualifying round, with Cluj moving into the next on virtue of scoring more away goals against the Hoops. They were eventually knocked out by Slavia Praha in the playoff.
Neil Lennon’s men should take this as an opportunity to get one over the Albvisiniis.
Moritz Bauer is an injury concern for this game with an ankle injury. Leigh Griffiths is a doubt with a thigh problem. Michael Johnston is very close to returning to first-team action.
Jozo Simunovic is out until January with a surgery.
Predicted Celtic XI
Formation – 4-2-3-1
Manager – Neil Lennon
Fraser Forster (GK)
Forster is now the number one keeper in this team. He should start on Thursday.
Hatem Abd Elhamed (RB)
With Bauer a doubt for this game, Elhamed may get a start ahead of him.
Christopher Jullien (CB)
He is one of the first-choice centre-backs in the team and should start against Cluj.
Kristoffer Ajer (CB)
Ajer is probably one of the first names on the team sheet. That should be the case on Thursday as well.
Boli Bolingoli (LB)
The left-back has had a very good start to life at Celtic. He has cemented his place in the team now.
Scott Brown (CM)
The captain hasn’t been at his best in the past few games. He needs to be at his best on Thursday.
Callum McGregor (CM)
He is one of the first names on the team sheet. That should be the case this Thursday as well.
James Forrest (RW)
The in-form winger is a certainty to start against Cluj. Celtic fans would be hoping he fires a goal or two on Thursday.
Ryan Christie (CAM)
Christie might get a go in the advanced midfield position, with a freedom to operate in between the lines.
Jonny Hayes (LW)
Lennon might switch around in this position and hand Hayes a start against Cluj.
Odsonne Edouard (ST)
Not much doubt creeps into mind while predicting who will lead the Celtic line on Thursday. Edouard it is!