Celtic will play their first competitive game in fourteen years where Scott Brown is not on the books at Celtic.

Last season was tough for everyone, but it was clear the Celtic captain was struggling. Out of loyalty and maybe Scott’s leadership qualities, he was played a lot more than he should have in his final season at the club.

The decision by John Kennedy to keep going with the same players once Neil Lennon had departed when he could have been giving youngsters a chance from March onwards could now come home to roost.

Ange Postecoglou doesn’t have the burden of having to bench a Celtic legend, but he now has to pick who can help him win the midfield battle on Tuesday night — Cal Mac and Soro seem the obvious choices but we haven’t seen enough of Ismaila to be certain.

Liam Shaw has an outside chance of starting the game, the Englishman has done well in his pre-season outings and could find himself in the side or in the squad.

I hope Ange can pull a rabbit out of the hat on Tuesday night. We’ve failed to prepare in so many ways. We’re up against it and will have to be brave and dig in to get a victory at Celtic Park.


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