Duo axed in Rodgers 3-5-2: Celtic best possible XI to face Aberdeen
By Emma Sanders
Celtic should risk playing Scott Sinclair in the Scottish League Cup final against Aberdeen even if he is not fully fit following their Champions League exit.
Sinclair remains an injury-doubt and will be assessed “last minute” but even if he is not 100% fit, he should line-up as a winger to allow for the return of striker Leigh Griffiths up front.
Rodgers should axed left-back Emilio Izaguirre and midfielder Callum McGregor after they started Celtic’s 2-0 defeat against Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday and replace them with Griffiths and Patrick Roberts.
Tom Rogic deserves to retain his place in the side ahead of after he scored the only goal in the last encounter against Aberdeen in October’s league clash.
The 23-year-old should start alongside Celtic regulars Scott Brown and Stuart Armstrong in the centre of the midfield, with Roberts lining up on the right-hand side.
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Celtic’s back three have done well this season and Brendan Rodgers shouldn’t make any changes in defence with Mikael Lustig, Jozo Simunovic and Erik Sviatchenko all the first choice back three.
Moussa Dembele is Celtic’s star man and should start alongside Griffiths in attack while Craig Gordon is the obvious choice to guard the Hoops’ net.
In other Celtic team news, Rodgers has provided a fitness update on this 27-year-old.