Time to experiment in Rodgers 4-4-2: Celtic best possible XI to face Hamilton
By Emma Sanders
Brendan Rodgers should make four changes to the side which defeated Patrick Thistle 1-0 when Celtic face Hamilton in Saturday’s Scottish Premiership fixture.
The manager is set to rotate his squad during the Christmas period because Celtic already hold a 14-point lead at the top of the table.
However, they remain unbeaten throughout the domestic campaign so he should welcome back experienced duo Stuart Armstrong and Emilio Izaguirre for the clash.
Leigh Griffiths and Erik Sviatchenko should also come back into the side.
He should also maintain faith in Moussa Dembele despite his dip in form in recent games and his failure to score in his last eight league appearances.
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Griffiths should be brought into attack to partner Dembele. The duo have rarely played together but if Rodgers can get the pair working together, Celtic could add even more goals to their season.
This would mean Rodgers would have to change formation, playing a 4-4-2 instead of his preferred 4-2-3-1 line-up.
Armstrong should sit next to skipper Scott Brown in the centre of midfield, while Scott Sinclair and Patrick Roberts line-up on the wings, ahead of Callum McGregor and the injured James Forrest.
Calvin Miller made his debut against Patrick Thistle but Izaguirre should come back into the side after being rested from the starting XI during the 1-0 victory.
Cristian Gamboa has performed well at right-back and should retain his place but Sviatchenko should be brought back into the team to play alongside Jozo Simunovic at centre-back.
Craig Gordon should start in goal but Gary Mackay-Steven shouldn’t be handed a starting role, though he would be a great addition on the substitutes’ bench.
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