World News – UK – Scottish League Cup: Celtic v Ross County – Barkas remembered & McGregor on the bench


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We’re going to look at Celtic’s performance, but Neil Lennon as manager just wants to get into the next round

You feel like it’s a crossroads for Celtic. I think they will win that title, but if they did lose it, Neil Lennon could be removed from his position

Celtic manager Neil Lennon at BBC Radio Scotland: « Callum has played a large amount of games but needs a little break to freshen up.

« Barkas trained really well and got used to the pace of the game here.

« We’re looking for a consistent performance to get some shape and eliminate the bugs. There has to be a perspective – we come into the tournament as defending champions and want to defend it as well as possible.

« Thursday was disappointing and 4-1 looks bad on paper, but there were aspects of the game that I was happy with. There has been little time on the training ground since Thursday, so there was a lot of talk about it. « 

It’s a good opportunity for Celtic to get back in shape as County is not doing well either. They go with a more defensive line-up and this is not surprising and it becomes a tough question for them

The criticism of Barkas was that he didn’t produce the big parades when Celtic needed them. I’ll be looking for those big moments

Members who join host Jane Lewis for expert analysis include former Celtic goalkeeper Pat Bonner, former Ross County assistant Billy Dodds, former Rangers colleague Neil McCann, and former Falkirk and midfielder now the head coach of Hamilton Academical, Brian Rice.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon is under pressure after just two wins in nine games when a team completes long unbeaten runs and wants to win the league cup for the fifth time in a row.

You couldn’t have asked for a better chance of getting your season going again after Thursday’s 4-1 win over Sparta Prague than having Ross County as a visitor.
County have only won twice in seven games – and both were in the group stage against second division teams – Elgin City and Stirling Albion -.

You have won once in six games outside of Dingwall – and that was in nearby Elgin – and not won in seven games against high-profile opponents.

District Manager Stuart Kettlewell has had significant experience in the youthful cast due to injuries and suspensions over the past few weeks.

Callum Morris and Keith Watson return to defense and Iain Vigurs is back in midfield after his suspension ends.

The unfortunate Tom Grivosti, who recently returned from a year on the sideline, is injured along with dangerous winger Regan Charles-Cook while midfielder Jordan Tillson is dropped on the bench.

County also has a change in goal: Ross Laidlaw replaces the loaned Ross Doohan, who cannot face his parents’ club.

Neil Lennon, Celtic manager, rings the bell after the 4-1 loss to Sparta Prague in the Czech Republic.

Greek goalkeeper Vasilas Barkas has another chance to shine after his difficult start at Celtic and replaces Scott Bain.

Callum McGregor, Mohamed Elyounoussi and Olivier Ntcham are eliminated from midfield. The starting places go to Tom Rogic, the utility man Nir Bitton and the striker Albian Ajeti.

Alloa Athletic was the only real surprise result of the league cup games on Saturday. But even that 1-0 win in extra time didn’t come as a big shock as they play in the same league as Heart of Midlothian, although yesterday’s visitors are strong promotion favorites and the hosts are part-time.

The Wasps, League One rival Dunfermline Athletic, and four Premiership teams – Hibernian, Livingston, St. Johnstone and St. Mirren – waiting for the winners of today’s two games.

Motherwell at home against St.. Johnstone lost, and Aberdeen, who lost to St. Mirren was beaten are the two Premiership teams that have been eliminated so far. It would take the first big shock of the round before the quarterfinals fail without Celtic or Premiership leaders Rangers.

Welcome to day two of the Scottish League Cup second round weekend, and we’ve reached the stage where the nation’s two European survivors – and the favorites of the competitions – go into battle.

Concerned owners Celtic will be at home by noon against a team from Ross County that has their own Premier League bouts, while soaring Rangers visit the formidable League One leaders, Falkirk, at 5:00 p.m. CET.

Stay with us for information on live commentary and post-match feedback, both online and on BBC Radio Scotland.

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World News – GB – Scottish League Cup: Celtic v Ross County – Barkas remembered & McGregor on the bench



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