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20th May, 2017 | 5:00pm

Five axed in Rodgers 4-2-3-1: Celtic best possible XI to face Hearts

COMMENT By Aramide Oladipo

Brendan Rodgers needs to axe five players from the side that picked up a comfortable 5-0 win away at Partick Thistle in midweek if he is going to select his best possible starting lineup to face Hearts on the final day of the SPL season.

It might come as a surprise to some but veteran defender Kolo Toure should come in and replace Jozo Simunovic in the heart of the defence to partner Dedryck Boyata.

The main reason is because Kolo Toure knows what it takes to complete an unbeaten season as he achieved the impossible with North London club Arsenal during the 2003/04 Premier League season.

Celtic are looking to become the first team in the Scottish top flight to finish a 38-match league season unbeaten and it’ll be the second time where the Hoops have achieved an unbeaten campaign, the first coming during 1897-98 season.

Mikael Lustig and Kieran Tierney would also join the Ivorian defender in the back four and Stuart Armstrong would play alongside skipper Scott Brown in the middle of the park.

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The final change would see Scott Sinclair join the attacking trio and he would be given the freedom to provide support for lone striker Leigh Griffiths.

Sinclair has enjoyed an outstanding debut season with Celtic, scoring a total of 25 goals in all competitions.

In other Celtic news, here is the expected Celtic XI to play Hearts on the final day.

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