Forrest axed among four changes in Rodgers 3-5-2: Celtic best possible XI against Dundee
By James Black
Celtic return to competitive action on Saturday when they host Dundee at Celtic Park and if Brendan Rodgers wants to put out his strongest XI, he will need to make four changes to the side which drew 2-2 with Hibs.
Johnny Hayes, Odsonne Edouard, James Forrest, and Tom Rogic should drop out of the starting XI with Patrick Roberts, Nir Bitton, Scott Sinclair and Leigh Griffiths coming in to replace them.
The Hoops have already faced Dundee this season, comfortably beating Neil McCann’s side in the League Cup quarter-finals, and will be hoping to extend their unbeaten domestic run to 59 games.
Craig Gordon is almost certain to retain his place between the sticks after picking up his 50th cap for Scotland during the international break.
Ahead of Gordon, Kieran Tierney, Mikael Lustig and Dedryck Boyata should make up Celtic’s three-man defence in their 3-5-2 formation.
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With Scott Brown looking set to miss the game at the time of writing, Nir Bitton and Olivier Ntcham should anchor the Hoop’s midfield to allow the more attack-minded players to get forward without having to worry too much about their defensive responsibilities.
The recalled pair of Scott Sinclair and Patrick Roberts are Rodgers’ best option out wide with Callum McGregor playing as a number ten.
McGregor has been in fantastic form so far for Celtic this season and many were left baffled when he was ignored by Gordon Strachan for Scotland’s World Cup qualifiers with Slovakia and Slovenia.
Leigh Griffiths and Moussa Dembele should lead the line for the Bhoys and the prolific duo could really thrive together in this set-up after Rodgers struggled to find a way to fit them both into his side last season.