Rodgers to make 2 important changes – Strongest 3-5-2 Celtic XI to face Hamilton

Predicted Celtic line-up to face Hamilton in the Scottish Premier League

Celtic head back to Scottish Premiership duty on Sunday after a frustrating 1-1 draw with FK Suduva in the first leg of their play-off in Lithuania.

Brendan Rodgers was in a downbeat mood after the 1-1 draw with Suduva as he was left frustrated once again with his side’s defensive frailties. Despite the second leg being at home next week, Rodgers won’t risk resting a few players at home to Hamilton, who will head to Celtic Park in buoyant mood after their win at Motherwell last weekend.

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Celtic’s defensive crisis deepened with an injury to Jozo Simunovic at Suduva. The giant defender landed awkwardly and is expected to miss the weekend’s game.

Dedryck Boyata and Jack Hendry are already injured, while Odsonne Edouard is still out with a knee complaint that has kept him out of the last three games.

Probable Celtic XI

Formation: 3-5-2

Manager: Brendan Rodgers

Craig Gordon (GK)

Gordon made an error in judgment which cost Celtic the goal at Suduva. However, he is expected to start on Sunday.

Cristian Gamboa (RCB)

Gamboa has done an impressive job in the last two games but could be forced to play in central defence due to the injury crisis.

Kristoffer Ajer

Kristoffer Ajer (CB)

The only centre-back who is fully fit after Simunovic’s injury, Ajer will be the leader of the pack on Sunday and should look to lead the team by example.

Kieran Tierney (LCB)

Tierney has been a permanent fixture in the starting XI and that won’t change against Hamilton.

James Forrest (RWB)

Full of energy, Forrest should start at right wing-back position. Due to his pace and trickery, he might cause Hamilton defenders some problems.

Emilio Izaguirre (LWB)

A player who doesn’t give less than 100%, Izaguirre should start at left wing-back. He hasn’t put a foot wrong since returning to Celtic.

Oliver Ntcham

Scott Brown (CDM)

Brown was booed throughout the Suduva game by the Celtic supporters and the skipper will look to silence his naysayers with a commanding display in the midfield against Hamilton.

Olivier Ntcham (LCM)

Ntcham scored an all-important away goal for Celtic against Suduva but other than that, he was a passenger in the middle of the park. He would be buoyant to rectify it this weekend.

Callum McGregor (RCM)

McGregor brings creativity and flair to Celtic’s attack. He is a sure starter on Sunday.

Leigh Griffiths (LS)

Griffiths has to make early inroads if Celtic are to win all three points at the weekend.

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Moussa Dembele (RS)

Paired up front with Griffiths, Dembele would thrive. He would be desperate to get his name on the scoresheet against Hamilton.

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