Predicted Celtic Line-up To Face Kilmarnock In the Scottish Premiership
Celtic will look to extend their unbeaten run in domestic competition to 63 games, when they take on Kilmarnock, in the Scottish Premiership, at the Celtic Park, on Saturday.
The reigning champions of Scotland have continued their domination on the domestic scenes in the new season and come into Saturday’s game on the back of an impressive 3-0 win over their closest challengers Aberdeen, on Wednesday night. Brendan Rodgers’ side have accumulated 26 points from 10 games so far this season, and will be keen on adding three more against the Killies on Saturday.
Centre-back Jozo Simunovic continues to be unavailable with a hamstring problem, while fellow defenders Erik Sviatchenko and Anthony Ralston continue their recovery from knee injuries and are unlikely to feature.
Here’s how the Bhoys might take the field at the Parkhead this weekend:
Manager: Brendan Rodgers
Craig Gordon (GK)
The veteran shot-stopper should continue to feature between the sticks for the Scottish champions. Will look for his 6th clean sheet in the Premiership this season.
Cristian Gamboa (RB)
The Costa Rican hasn’t played since his poor showing against Bayern Munich, but could find himself in the starting XI on Saturday.
Mikael Lustig (CB)
The Swede has been exceptional in the last couple of weeks at right-back, but might be moved to a central role for the weekend’s game against Kilmarnock.
Nir Bitton (CB)
The Israeli midfielder has deputised decently at centre-half during the defensive injury crisis for the Bhoys. Could continue in the line-up, as Rodgers might look to hand Dedryck Boyata some rest.
Kieran Tierney (LB)
Scored a brilliant goal against the Dons in the midweek and will look to continue in the same vein of form against the Killies.
Scott Brown (CM)
The captain is an ever-present in the middle of the park for the Bhoys and that is unlikely to change for the upcoming game.
Olivier Ntcham (CM)
The former Manchester City man hasn’t featured in the past couple of games but could come back into the line-up, in place of Stuart Armstrong.
Patrick Roberts (RW)
The loanee from Manchester City has failed to reach the heights of last season, but a run out against Kilmarnock could be the perfect opportunity for him to find his mojo.
Tom Rogic (CAM)
The Aussie midfielder was at his best against Aberdeen in the midweek game and should continue as Celtic’s No.10 on Saturday.
Scott Sinclair (LW)
The English attacker was benched against the Dons, but should return to the starting XI, assuming his usual place on the left flank.
Leigh Griffiths (ST)
Moussa Dembele has had two very good games, but two starts in space of four days could be too much for the Frenchman given he recently returned from an injury layoff. And that would mean Leigh Griffiths returning to the starting line-up.