Hendry to make his Hoops debut, Bain to wait – Strongest 3-5-2 Celtic lineup to face Kilmarnock

Predicted Celtic Lineup To Face Kilmarnock In The Scottish Premiership

Celtic Football Club will probably be really quite pleased that the door to the January transfer window is now firmly closed. Between the speculation surrounding Moussa Dembele and the rush to sign a goalkeeper following the injury to Craig Gordon, it has been a stressful month for them off the pitch. On the pitch though, February will be their most important month of the season. It is important for their new signings to settle quickly before their all important Europa League clash against Zenit St. Petersburg. Here is how they could line up this weekend.

Probable Celtic XI

Formation: 3-5-2

GK – Dorus De Vries

Dorus De Vries came in against Hearts and had a fine game last time out. Hi could be between the sticks, although Scott Bain may push him for a starting place.

CB – Dedryck Boyata

The Belgian got a goal in his last game against Hearts and is a key member of this defensive unit. He will be expected to take up more responsibility.

CB – Jozo Simunovic

The big Croatian has started more games in recent weeks and will be hoping to cement his place in the team with a good performance here.

CB – Jack Hendry

The former Dundee player has been training with his new teammates this week and is an accomplished passer of the ball which is exactly what Brendan Rodgers wants.

LCM – Eboue Kouassi

The Ivorian Eboue Kouassi performed excellently in a deep position against Hearts so Brendan Rodgers will be keen to see if this experiment continues to work.

CM – Olivier Ntcham

In this system, Ntcham is required to be the most disciplined and protective player on the pitch. Hopefully for Celtic fans, he remains ready for the challenge.

RCM – Scott Brown

A lot has been said recently about how close to the line Scott Brown plays but his job is to be dominant in the midfield area, even if that means committing his fair share of fouls.

LWB – Kieran Tierney

Tierney is a young and athletic player who understands the Brendan Rodgers system very well. Will offer an option out wide to continue attacks.

Kieran Tierney and Moussa Dembele

RWB – James Forrest

James Forrest is a little more direct than Tierney and can pop up with the odd goal. Very fast, and very skilful, Kilmarnock will have a job in keeping him quiet this weekend.

ST – Scott Sinclair

Celtic’s top goalscorer is in fine form this season, and will not be happy if he does not start this game. Will be looking to add to his goal tally.

ST – Moussa Dembele

The young striker can now settle and focus on his football for the rest of the season, following the rumours of January. Right now he is not as prolific as he was last season but he can still hurt defences.

Written by Ben Mepsted

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