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Can the Hoops stay on top of the table? Predicted 4-2-3-1 Celtic XI to face Aberdeen

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Predicted Celtic line-up to face Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership

Celtic will travel to Pittodrie Stadium to face Aberdeen on Wednesday as Brendan Rodgers hopes to retain the top spot in the Scottish Premiership standings.

The Hoops outclassed Dundee 3-0 at the weekend and will head into the midweek game full of confidence.

Celtic, however, will come up against a very different test at Aberdeen, who lost the Betfred Cup final to Rodgers’ men earlier this month.

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Dedryck Boyata and Kieran Tierney missed the Dundee victory but will be available for selection against Aberdeen. Odsonne Edouard could also join a similar path as Boyata and Tierney.

Probable Celtic XI

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Manager: Brendan Rodgers

Craig Gordon (GK)

Gordon could return to the starting line-up after being on the bench against Dundee.

Jozo Simunovic
Jozo Simunovic

Anthony Ralston (RB)

Two back-to-back excellent games at right-back could see Ralston keep Lustig out.

Jozo Simunovic (CB)

Simunovic is slowly starting to regain his confidence and is dishing out the kind of performances which are expected out of him.

Filip Benkovic (CB)

Benkovic and Simunovic have started to form a good understanding between them and it’s certain Rodgers will go with the same central defensive pairing.

Kieran Tierney (LB)

Tierney could walk straight into the starting XI against Aberdeen, replacing Izaguirre at left-back.

Olivier Ntcham

Olivier Ntcham (CM)

In central midfield, Ntcham is expected to get the nod ahead of skipper Scott Brown.

Callum McGregor (CM)

McGregor can orchestrate the proceedings in a deep-lying role excellently. He has the ability to pick out a pass and also score goals for Celtic.

Scott Sinclair (LW)

Sinclair looks to have gained a good measure of his confidence in the last couple of games. With his pace and skill set, he could terrorise the Aberdeen backline on Wednesday.

Tom Rogic (CAM)

A classy operator of the ball, Rogic has the ability to carve open defences with his vision and guile. He is a certain starter for the midweek game.

James Forrest (RW)

Forrest is always a tricky customer to come up against due to his explosive pace and unpredictability. He is in really good form at the moment and could give the Aberdeen defenders a tough time.

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Michael Johnston (ST)

With three goals in the last two games, Johnston is simply oozing with confidence and is once again set to spearhead the Celtic attack.

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