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Dembele To Lead The Line – Strongest 4-2-3-1 Celtic Line-up To Face Aberdeen In Top Of The Table Clash

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Predicted Celtic Line-up To Face Aberdeen In The Scottish Premiership

It will be the clash of the top two in the Scottish Premiership this Wednesday, when leaders Celtic go head to head against second-placed Aberdeen, at the Pittodrie Stadium.  

The Bhoys lead the standings in the Premiership on a superior goal difference, having accumulated the same number of points (23) as the Dons, in 9 games so far this season. Brendan Rodgers’ side are unbeaten in a whopping 60 games in all domestic competitions and would want to keep their excellent run going against their closest competitors for the title. They come into the game on the back of a 4-2 win over Hibernian in the Scottish League Cup. 

Team News 

Defender Jozo Simunovic is out injured for a few weeks, while fellow centre-half Erik Sviatchenko is recovering from his injury woes and is unlikely to be risked on Wednesday night. Anthony Ralston too is unlikely to be involved. 

Here’s how the Hoops could line up at the Pittodrie:

Manager: Brendan Rodgers 

Formation: 4-2-3-1 

Craig Gordon (GK)

The veteran stopper is the automatic choice in goal for the Scottish champions and that is unlikely to change for the big game.

Craig Gordon

Cristian Gamboa (RB) 

The 27-year old Costa Rican could be set to make his third appearance of the season, despite having had a torrid time in last week’s Champions League clash against Bayern Munich. 

Mikael Lustig (CB) 

Got on the scoresheet twice against the Hibs over the weekend, but the Swede could see himself moved into a centre-half role for Wednesday night’s encounter.

Dedryck Boyata (CB)

The former Manchester City man has been an ever-present in the Celtic line-up since his return from injury. He should start once again. 

Kieran Tierney (LB) 

The 20-year old is another constant fixture in the Hoops’ defence and is in line to make his 9th league appearance of the season. 

Kieran Tierney
Kieran Tierney

Scott Brown (CM) 

The captain did not have the best of the games over the weekend, but will need to be at the top of his game against the Dons. 

Olivier Ntcham (CM) 

Wasn’t involved over the weekend, but given Stuart Armstrong’s tepid display against the Hibs, he could be in line for a return to the starting setup. 

Patrick Roberts (RW) 

The loanee from Man City was another player who was slightly subdued in the cup tie this past weekend. Will want to bounce back with a strong show.  

Callum McGregor (CAM)

The 24-year old has scored five and assisted two in the Premiership this term already. Would be keen on improving his tally further, against the Dons. 

Scott Sinclair (LW)

The Englishman has 10 goals in all competitions, but has lacked a bit of consistency in his game. Needs to perform on a regular basis.

Moussa Dembele (ST)

Made a huge impact from the bench against Hibernian, grabbing a double. Should be rewarded with a start, in the place of Leigh Griffiths. 

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