Confirmed line-up for Celtic vs St. Johnstone: A surprise change by Rodgers
Celtic face St. Johnstone in the quarterfinal of the Scottish League Cup, hoping to extend their good history in this tournament. Brendan Rodgers’ men are coming into this fixture on the back of the back of a rather subdued performance against Kilmarnock in the league, where they lost the game 2-1.
The Hoops defeated Partick Thistle 3-1 in the second round of the competition last month. Rodgers put out a strong line-up in that game, so it looks like he is serious about winning the league cup once again.
They now face a St. Johnstone team who are eighth in the league table and are coming into this after a demoralising 5-1 defeat away to Rangers. Hence, Celtic can expect a better show from their opponents tonight.
Rodgers’ men should dominate possession because they are at home. They just need to make sure that the ball is utilised properly so that they are not vulnerable to counter-attacks whenever a turnover takes place.
Midfielders need to keep the team ticking in terms of possession and must win second balls to keep the pressure on their opponents. The contribution from the full-backs would be necessary as crosses into the box are mandatory.
All in all, it is a game where the Scottish champions are the favourites if they do the basics right and convert their chances. Even though this is away from home, they have to take the game on and try to finish it as early as possible.
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) September 26, 2018