Scottish champions Celtic begin the defence of their Betfred Cup title on Saturday afternoon, and Neil Lennon is going to be forced into a change in a key position when they entertain Dunfermline at Celtic Park, according to their official website.
The Bhoys will be itching for success in this contest to put a nightmare week which saw them spectacularly and embarrassingly dumped out of Europe behind them, and you get the feeling that the Championship side could get something of a backlash.
Celtic will be expected to cruise through this match, but if they needed a reminder of the quirkiness of knockout cup football, they won’t have to look too far back, after being beaten by Romanian outfit Cluj in midweek.
Often when big sides are shocked they come out and put in a performance in the following game and that is exactly what Bhoys boss Lennon will be expecting, even though he will be forced into a switch in a key position.
Celtic goalkeeper Scott Bain is going to miss this match through injury, with the veteran Craig Gordon being confirmed as a starter by the Hoops’ manager.
The regular Bhoys stopper has suffered a dislocated shoulder which has ruled him out of the contest, and could see him missing the foreseeable future, so the former Scotland international will be relied upon to keep the back door shut for the treble winners.
Lennon has suggested that while he will make changes to freshen things up, he will name a stronger side than might have been expected, because he knows that his charges need to bounce back after that midweek humbling.
All eyes will be on the Bhoys men in this one, to see if they come out firing, or whether that loss to the Romanians has had more of a lasting effect.