Brown out, Ntcham in – Strongest 4-2-3-1 Celtic XI to face Standard Liege

Predicted 4-2-3-1 Celtic Lineup to face Standard Liege

Celtic will face off against Belgian outfit Standard Liege in a pre-season friendly at the Celtic Park, on Saturday.  

The Scottish champions come into Saturday’s friendly on the back of a solid 3-0 win over FC Alashkert in their UEFA Champions League qualifier game. And manager Brendan Rodgers will be hoping that his side carries the winning momentum against the Belgians, ahead of the second leg of the qualifier against the Armenian outfit next week.  

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers
Brendan rodgers

Here’s how the Bhoys could take the field against Standard Liege for Saturday’s encounter.

Probable Celtic XI

Manager: Brendan Rodgers 

Formation: 4-2-3-1 

Scott Bain (GK)

The summer signing from Dundee FC should get a run out on Saturday in place of first-choice goalkeeper Craig Gordon.  

Scott Bain

Anthony Ralston (RB)

The teenager will be hoping to make a strong impression after a frustrating 2017/18 campaign that was largely blighted by injury issues.  

Jozo Simunovic (CB)

The Bosnian centre-half did not look all that convincing in the win over Alashkert and will be hoping to get back to top form before the actual season kicks off.  

Kristoffer Ajer (CB)

Ajer should star alongside Simunovic in central defence. He’ll look to gain some rhythm ahead of the season.

Marvin Compper

Calvin Miller (LB)

The promising young left-back should come in for the ever-present Kieran Tierney as Rodgers would look to keep the latter fresh for the second leg of the qualifier. 

Eboue Kouassi (CM)

With captain Scott Brown carrying a slight niggle, Celtic would be better off giving him a day off and instead go with Eboue Kouassi in the middle.  

Olivier Ntcham (CM)

Partnering the 20-year-old Kouassi will be another promising young midfielder in the form of Olivier Ntcham. The Frenchman will be looking to start the new season on a strong note after a solid debut campaign in Scotland.  

Oliver Ntcham

Lewis Morgan (RW)

The speedy winger has been a treat to watch each time he has gotten a chance in the line-up. Rodgers should hand him a start on Saturday, ahead of James Forrest.  

Ryan Christie (CAM)

Having returned from a lengthy loan spell away at Aberdeen, the 23-year-old is seemingly ready to make the step up for Celtic and deserves an opportunity to make a case for himself.  

Scott Sinclair (LW)

The 29-year-old has shown signs of returning to his old self, after a slightly underwhelming campaign last time out. A run out on Saturday would do his form and fitness a lot of good.  

Scott Sinclair

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Odsonne Edouard (ST)

Celtic’s summer signing should get to start again as he looks to keep up his good form for the Hoops.

Written by Raghavendra Goudar

Mechanical Engineer, avid reader and a football fanatic.

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