By Matt Farr

Brendan Rodgers has made two changes to his Celtic side to face Inverness in the Scottish Premiership on Wednesday.

Gary Mackay-Steven is handed only his fourth league start of the season in the absence of the injured James Forrest.

Mikael Lustig is the other change for Celtic, with the experienced defender coming in for Christian Gamboa, who drops to the bench.

Nine players – Craig Gordon, Erik Sviatchenko, Dedyrck Boyata, Kieran Tierney, Nir Bitton, Scott Brown, Stuart Armstrong, Scott Sinclair and Moussa Dembele – retain their places in the side following the 2-o victory over Hamilton on Saturday.

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

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Forrest does not make the cut after suffering a knee injury in the victory over Hamilton last time out. Celtic are currently awaiting the results of a scan, and do not yet know how long the Scotland winger will be out for.

Defender Jozo Simunovic is also left out through injury, meaning Sviatchenko keeps his place in Rodgers’ starting XI alongside Boyata.

A win for Celtic could extend their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership to 27 points.

They are currently on an incredible 21-match winning run in the league, while they are unbeaten in domestic competitions since the start of the season (32 games).

Rodgers’ side will also be looking to maintain their impressive defensive record of late, having conceded just twice in their last seven league games.

Celtic met Inverness in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup last month, running out 6-0 winners thanks to a hat-trick from Moussa Dembele.

In other Celtic news, a Celtic player is reportedly at the heart of a Premier League transfer tussle.

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