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5th Feb, 2017 | 11:48am

Celtic confirmed line-up to face St. Johnstone: Rodgers names three changes

By Matt Farr

Brendan Rodgers has made three changes to his side to face St. Johnstone in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday.

Erik Sviatchenko, Gary Mackay-Steven and Liam Henderson all come into the side, following the 1-0 victory over Aberdeen on Wednesday.

Jozo Simunovic, Callum McGregor, and James Forrest, meanwhile drop to the bench, where there is also a rare inclusion for striker Nadir Ciftci, who has appeared just twice this season.

Top goalscorer Moussa Dembele returns to the bench after missing the last two matches with injury, but Stuart Armstrong, Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths remain absent.

Craig Gordon, Mikael Lustig, Dedryck Boyata, Kieran Tierney, Scott Brown, Nir Bitton, Patrick Roberts and Scott Sinclair all retain their places in Rodgers’ starting XI.

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Celtic announced their confirmed line-up via the club’s official Twitter account prior to kick-off.

January signing Kouassi Eboue is still not ready to make his debut as he awaits work-permit clearance.

Celtic can make it 29 games unbeaten in domestic competitions – and 23 victories in a row – with a win at McDiarmid Park, whilst also extending their lead at the top the table to 27 points.

The Hoops recently defeated St. Johnstone at Parkhead on January 25, thanks to a goal from Boyata, who was also on target in the victory over Aberdeen last time out.

In other Celtic team news, Kris Boyd insists that the time is up for this Celtic first-team player.

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