Celtic expected 4-2-3-1 against Hapoel Be'er Sheva: Three changes as striker starts
By Joe Nelson
Celtic could make three changes from their team that beat St Johnstone in the Scottish Premier League when they travel to Hapoel Be’er Sheva for their crunch Champions League play-off game on Tuesday night.
Moussa Dembele is expected to start in place of Leigh Griffiths, who scored the opener as Celtic beat St Johnstone 4-2 at the weekend.
There will also be a welcome return to duty for youngster Patrick Roberts. The on-loan Manchester City winger has been out with a hamstring problem over the past few weeks, but should be back in the squad for this game, albeit on the bench.
Ryan Christie, who scored the fourth against St Johnson could also come into the starling line-up to replace James Forrest, who has had a lot of game time recently.
Joining Christie and Dembele in the front four will be Tom Rogic, who has been in fine fettle along with former Manchester City man Scott Sinclair.
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Kolo Toure, 35, is unlikely to play his third game in a week and could be replaced by Mikael Lustig, with Saido Jank staying at right-back.
The Hoops take a 5-2 lead into the game, having let their 3-0 advantage slip to 3-2 at one stage, leaving the Celtic faithful worrying about their qualification.
But Brendan Rogers’ side are heavy favourites to make the group stages of the Champions League ahead of the draw this Thursday.
Dembele will look to be the star of the show. The 20-year-old has sparkled since his arrival, scoring four goals in eight games, getting fans at Celtic Park off their seats in expectancy and this game seams like the ideal time to start a pacey forward to catch the Israeli team on the counter attack.
In other Celtic team news: This Hoops star took to Twitter to celebrate his international call-up.