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Griffiths axed in Rodgers 4-2-3-1: Celtic best possible XI v Rangers

By James Black

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers will need to make two changes to his side if he wants to field his best possible side against Rangers.

Despite using a three-man defence in most domestic games this season, a move to the 4-2-3-1 which has served Rodgers so well in Glasgow.

After completing his recovery from an injury picked up in July, Moussa Dembele should replace Leigh Griffiths for the first Old Firm clash of the season at Ibrox on Saturday afternoon

Griffiths has been out of in recent games and few can argue he isn’t as talented a player as Frenchman Dembele.

Dembele ended last season as Celtic’s top goalscorer and was linked with big-money moves away from Celtic Park all summer.

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The other change sees Stuart Armstrong come in for Olivier Ntcham in the heart of midfield to partner Scott Brown.

Ntcham has had a decent start to his career as a Celt but has faded a little over the last few weeks and Armstrong would prove a more reliable alternative.

Much of Celtic’s starting XI should have a very familiar feel to it with only Patrick Roberts the only summer signing to feature – and even he spent the previous 18 months on loan at Celtic Park.

With Jozo Simunovic struggling with a knee injury, Nir Bitton should partner Dedryck Boyata in central defence with Kieran Tierney and Mikael Lustig as full-backs.

Ahead of the midfield duo of Scott Brown and Armstrong, Roberts, James Forrest and Scott Sinclair will look to get in behind the Rangers defence to create opportunities for lone-striker Moussa Dembele.

The Hoops go into the game looking to extend their lead over their bitter rivals to eight points and record an incredible 57th domestic game in a row without defeat.

In other Celtic news, Sutton has chosen whether the Hoops or Rangers have the best goalkeeper.

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