Predicted Celtic line-up to face Aberdeen in the Betfred Cup final
Celtic and Aberdeen will meet at Hampden Park in the Scottish League Cup final on Sunday, with Brendan Rodgers eyeing his first silverware of the season.
The Bhoys are fresh off the back of their first away win in the Europa League, having defeated Rosenborg 1-0 in Trondheim on Thursday.
After beating Hearts in the semi-final of the competition, Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic will head into Sunday’s finale as the overwhelming favourites against Aberdeen.
Jozo Simunovic, Mikey Johnston and Marvin Compper are unlikely to feature because of fitness issues, but Nir Bitton could be in the squad.
Kristoffer Ajer remains out with a fractured eye socket, while Eboue Kouassi and Daniel Arzani are out for the season.
Probable Celtic XI
Manager: Brendan Rodgers
Scott Bain (GK)
Scott Bain has already been given the nod ahead of Craig Gordon for the Betfred Cup final. A sure starter.
Mikael Lustig (RB)
Despite coming off on Thursday, Lustig could retain his right-back spot against Aberdeen.
Dedryck Boyata (CB)
Boyata is Celtic’s defensive lynchpin and the Belgian will look to put in a big performance on Sunday.
Filip Benkovic (CB)
Benkovic has forged a fantastic partnership with Boyata at the back. The towering Croat will definitely start in the final.
Kieran Tierney (LB)
He’s one of the first names on the team-sheet. Tierney will aim to deliver the goods against Aberdeen.
Scott Brown (CM)
Brown came on as a substitute against Rosenborg in the midweek and could return to the starting line-up on Sunday.
Callum McGregor (CM)
McGregor did well in central midfield in Brown’s absence. Although Brown could return to the line-up, McGregor deserves to start.
James Forrest (RW)
Forrest is in outstanding form of late for Celtic. His blistering pace and directness could pose a serious threat for the Aberdeen backline to deal with.
Tom Rogic (CAM)
Rogic is a big game player for the Hoops. The Aussie could wreak havoc against the opposition with his playmaking abilities.
Scott Sinclair (LW)
Sinclair has been decent of late for the Hoops. Guided his team to victory in the midweek Europa League clash and will be eager to get on the scoresheet again.
Odsonne Edouard (ST)
Edouard is Celtic’s main source of goals; he is certain to lead the line for the defending champions on Sunday.