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15th Dec, 2016 | 8:00pm

Roberts axed in Rodgers 4-2-3-1: Celtic best possible XI to face Dundee

By Emma Sanders

Gary Mackay-Steven should start for Celtic against Dundee on Saturday in place of winger Patrick Roberts.

Fit-again Mackay-Steven impressed once again on as a substitute for the Hoops during the 1-0 victory against Hamilton on Tuesday so should be handed a start as part of the attacking three.

Leigh Griffiths should retain his place after scoring the winner and producing a battling performance on Saturday, despite struggling to form a partnership with Moussa Dembele.

He should play on the left side of an attacking three, rather than as part of a front two, and should line up alongside Mackay-Steven and Tom Rogic.

Emilio Izaguirre should replace Callum McGregor in the side, returning to his familiar role at left-back.

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Stuart Armstrong and Scott Brown have been excellent in the holding midfield roles for Celtic this season so are the obvious choice to retain their places.

Erik Sviatchenko and Jozo Simunovic have formed a strong partnership at centre-back and should also keep their places, while Izaguirre and Mikael Lustig make up the back four.

Craig Gordon is definitely the best choice to stand in between the sticks and completes the starting XI.

Celtic go into the clash 11 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership table and could extend their lead with games in hand over Rangers.

In other Celtic news, Brown will make a decision on his future in January.