COMMENT By Danny Wright
Celtic must axe Callum McGregor from the starting line-up if they are to field their best possible team when they play host to St. Johnstone on Saturday.
The 23-year-old should be dropped in the place of Tom Rogic, who deserves to play more first-team football after returning from a long-term injury.
Hoops captain Scott Brown will miss the game through suspension so he should be replaced by Eboue Kouassi.
The Ivorian enforcer impressed when he made his first, and only, start for the Bhoys against Partick last month, so should be chosen ahead of Nir Bitton to line-up in the midfield.
Brendan Rodgers has also ruled Mikael Lustig out of the game so his only solution would be to hand Cristian Gamboa a place in his side.
Craig Gordan should start in goal behind a back line of Kieran Tierney, Dedyrck Boyata, Jozo Simunovic and Gamboa.
Kouassi must line up alongside Stuart Armstrong in the centre of the midfield while Rogic takes McGregor’s No 10 slot behind striker Leigh Griffiths, who has to start due to Moussa Dembele’s continued injury woes.
That will leave Scott Sinclair and Patrick Roberts, who should keep hold of their places on the wings.
Brendan Rodgers will want to at least draw against St. Johnstone this weekend in a bid to keep alive their hopes of finishing the domestic campaign unbeaten.
Celtic won 5-2 in the last meeting with Tommy Wright’s side at McDiarmid Park and have scored ten goals against them in three wins over the course of the season.
In other Celtic news, Rodgers has named this Hoops ace as the most influential player in Scottish football.