Fan favourite must be axed in four changes: Celtic best possible XI to play Hibernian
COMMENT By James Black
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers will need to make four changes to his starting line-up if he wants to field his best possible side against Hibernian in the League Cup semi-final on Saturday.
Rodgers’ side are back in action less than three days after facing Bayern Munich in the Champions League and will likely make a few changes on the back of that.
Patrick Roberts, Stuart Armstrong and Leigh Griffiths must all be axed from the starting line-up with James Forrest, Callum McGregor and Moussa Dembele being restored to Rodgers’ 4-2-3-1 formation.
Jozo Simunovic must also be risked to make a comeback from injury and replace Cristian Gamboa, who had a shocker against Bayern.
Scotland number one Craig Gordon should keep his place in goal behind a back-four of Mikael Lustig, Dedryck Boyata, Simunovic and Kieran Tierney.
Simunovic missed the trip to Germany but if he’s even only 70 per cent, it’s a gamble worth taking for Rodgers.
Scott Brown and Olivier Ntcham should continue together in the heart of the Celtic midfield.
Ahead of Brown and Ntcham, Forrest, Scott Sinclair and McGregor should be the main creative force for the Hoops with Moussa Dembele leading the line as he continues his recovery from injury.
That means Armstrong, Griffiths and fan favourite Roberts all dropping out of the starting XI however it’s not a move that can be said to weaken the Hoops.
Armstrong is just making his comeback from injury and Roberts has regularly rotated with Forrest on the right flank this season.
In other Celtic news, Rangers fans reacted on Twitter after the news of the Hoops’ loss.
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