It’s only a matter of time before Celtic officially clinch their eighth title in a row.
Neil Lennon’s men beat Rangers 2-1 at Celtic Park on Sunday to move 13 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership.
And with seven games left, that looks like an unassailable lead.
Now, Lennon could use the remaining league games to give opportunities to players who haven’t had many this season.
Here, we give you five fringe players who could benefit:
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Weah will no doubt be frustrated at the lack of opportunities he’s had since signing on loan from PSG in January. He was sent to Celtic to play games, but has instead spent more time on the bench, having to make do with the occasional start or introduction as a sub. Now, it would be the perfect time for Lennon to get Weah some games – and that needs to happen if the club have any hope of keeping him on loan again next season.
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Bayo has played just once for Celtic since signing in January – a one-minute cameo in the 1-0 win over Kilmarnock in February. Since then, he’s hardly been seen as he’s worked on his fitness with the reserve team. With league games looking much less important, Bayo could actually make his first start and show exactly why the club paid £2million for him.
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It’s crazy to think Compper has made just one appearance for Celtic since signing from RB Leipzig in January last year. Given his experience and the need for centre back reinforcements at the club, it looked certain he’d get some game time, but it just hasn’t materialised. Under Brendan Rodgers, Compper was definitely out of favour, but Lennon appears willing to give him a chance. With Dedryck Boyata likely to miss out the next few weeks through injury, it could lead to Compper getting in a squad or two and maybe even on the pitch.
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It’s been a frustrating season at times for Johnston, with the winger only getting 11 starts at a time where he really should be getting more to help his development. Still, he’s only 19 and has plenty of time on his hands to get the football he needs. Johnston has been in and around the team under Lennon and that should continue in the run-in so expect him to get more minutes and show why he’s one of their most highly rated youngsters.
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Dembele’s rise to the Celtic team has received much coverage and he’s now at the point where a debut is just around the corner. The 16-year-old winger has been hugely impressive for the club’s reserve team this season and we’d be shocked if he wasn’t seen in a squad between now and the end of the campaign. We don’t think he’ll get a start or a lot of game time, but expect Karamoko to come off the bench in at least one game.
Celtic fans – who do you want to see play?