Defensive duo axed: This Celtic XI would rip Dundee to shreds in their next league game
COMMENT By James Black
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers should wield the axe ahead of Celtic’s next game to give his side the best chance of extending their 58-game unbeaten domestic run.
The Hoops have yet to lose a game domestically since Rodgers took charge in 2016 and will be hopeful of keeping it going for as long as possible with Aberdeen level on points in the Scottish Premiership.
After last weekend’s draw with Hibs, Rodgers should make four changes to the XI which started against Neil Lennon’s side.
Johnny Hayes, Odsonne Edouard, James Forrest and Tom Rogic should all drop out for Kris Ajer, Patrick Roberts, Scott Brown and Scott Sinclair.
Goalkeeper Craig Gordon should retain his place behind a back four of Mikael Lustig, Dedryck Boyata, Kris Ajer and Kieran Tierney.
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Jozo Simunovic has picked up a hamstring tear on international duty and, despite Nir Bitton filling in their earlier this season, wonderkid Kris Ajer needs to get games under his belt if he is to continue his progression and not stagnate on the bench.
Scott Brown and Stuart Armstrong both picked up injuries before the international break but Celtic are hopeful they should be able to return for the Dundee clash on October 14th.
If Brown does make it, he should line-up alongside Olivier Ntcham at the base of Celtic’s midfield.
Brown has been in the best form of his career in recent months and has been simply unplayable at times.
Ntcham hasn’t had the best of starts but there is definitely a player in there and playing alongside Brown should help him find form.
Ahead of them, Patrick Roberts and Scott Sinclair practically pick themselves with both being mainstays under Rodgers.
The number 10 role has been one that has been filled by a host of players by Celtic so far this season with Tom Rogic, Callum McGregor and Stuart Armstrong amongst the names to have played there so far but McGregor has been the stand-out there so far.
The 24-year-old has been brilliant for Celtic this season and just gets the nod ahead of the others to play in the hole behind Moussa Dembele.
Frenchman Dembele has rarely been spotted this season thanks to injury but is finally getting back to full fitness and should be ready to start against Dundee.
It’s maybe a little harsh on Leigh Griffiths but with Rodgers preferring a 4-2-3-1 it’s a real challenge trying to fit everyone into a system that suits.
If Rodgers follows these changes and tweaks his side accordingly, Celtic should make it 59 games without defeat in domestic competition.