BRAWN AND BRAIN says ALISON McCONNELL
Having lost Kelvin Wilson after the victory over Swedish side Elfsborg in the previous UEFA Champions League qualifier, Neil Lennon has plenty of food for thought ahead of tomorrow's match against Shakhter Karagandy.
Yet, while Virgil van Dijk was able to get some much needed game time under his belt at Pittodrie, his inclusion - from the start at least - would be something of a gamble given the fact he has only just returned from injury.
Steven Mayoukolo looked like the powerful centre-half against Aberdeen that Celtic have been looking for while Efe Ambrose continues to spread some anxiety within the Hoops backline. Lennon may feel that he is better utilised in a midfield position, with Charlie Mulgrew going in at the back.
Given that Shakhtar's reported strength is their physicality and height, the Celtic boss will look for a defence that is able to use their brawn as well as their brain.
HEIGHT NEEDED says MICHAEL GRANT
NEIL Lennon has options but not reassurance when it comes to his defensive selection in Kazakhstan. At right-back he could play Adam Matthews or Mikael Lustig. At left-back Emilio Izaguirre or Charlie Mulgrew. In the middle, any two from Mulgrew, Lustig, Steven Mouyokolo, Efe Ambrose and Virgil van Dijk.
Celtic have yet to find stability. Lustig had a fine European campaign last season and should start on the right with Izaguirre, his form improving, on the left. Mouyokolo has impressed in his last two appearances and will start. Who to play beside him? Ambrose has been poor and van Dijk doesn't have the match fitness for a game as importance as this, which leaves Mulgrew.
If Shakhter Karagandy are direct and physical, as we've been led to believe, then Mouyokolo and Mulgrew have the height to cope. They can help give Celtic a clean sheet and a foundation to qualify.