Scott Brown starts for Celtic against Benfica as Scots seek qualification

Celtic captain Scott Brown.
Scott Brown has been battling with a persistent hip injury this season.SNS Group

Scott Brown is back in Celtic's team for the Champions League group stage match with Benfica.

Joe Ledley and Gary Hooper are also back in the team, with Kris Commons, Beram Kayal and Tony Watt dropping out.

Neil Lennon picks eight of the team which won 2-0 at Aberdeen at the weekend, sticking with a settled back four of Mikael Lustig, Adam Matthews, Efe Ambrose and Kelvin Wilson, with Fraser Forster in goal.

Victor Wanyama and Charlie Mulgrew retain their places in midfield, while Georgios Samaras again plays but is likely to be deployed in a targetman role against the Portuguese side.

Celtic team to face Benfica: Forster; Lustig, Ambrose, Wilson, Matthews; Brown, Wanyama, Ledley, Mulgrew; Hooper, Samaras.

Subs: Zaluska, Kayal, McCourt, Watt, Lassad, Commons, Miku.

Benfica starting XI: Artur, Luisao, Garay, Andre Almeida, Matic, Perez, Oscar Cardozo, Lima, John, Salvio, Melgarejo.

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