Date: 11th May 2017 at 8:01pm
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By Matt Farr

Brendan Rodgers is expected to name two changes to his Celtic side for their upcoming Scottish Premiership tie with Aberdeen on Friday.

The Celtic chief is likely to welcome Scott Sinclair and Callum McGregor back into his starting eleven, following the 4-1 victory over St. Johnstone a week ago.

Sinclair has been in sensational form following his arrival in Scotland at the start of the season, with the in-form attacker contributing 25 goals and 11 assists from his 46 appearances in all competitions.

Tom Rogic and youngster Michael Johnston, meanwhile, are the two first-teamers expected to drop to the bench to accommodate Rodgers’ two changes.

Rogic gave a pleasing display against St. Johnstone, but McGregor has been in such good form of late, scoring in his third consecutive game during his brief cameo appearance.

Nine other players are expected to retain their places in the side to face Aberdeen, meaning 18-year-old Anthony Ralston could continue at full-back.

Scott Brown remains absent for Celtic as he serves the final match of his two-game suspension, having reached the yellow card limit.

Therefore, Nir Bitton, who was recalled to the starting eleven in his absence against St. Johnstone, could continue alongside Stuart Armstrong.

Rodgers is not likely to tamper with his defensive and central-midfield line-ups, with Craig Gordon, Kieran Tierney, Jozo Simunovic and Dedryck Boyata also expected to start against Aberdeen.

Patrick Roberts and Leigh Griffiths are also expected to retain their roles in the Celtic attack, with Roberts netting twice in their most recent outing.

Celtic can move 33 points clear of second-placed Aberdeen with a win at Pittodrie on Friday, whilst they can also extend their unbeaten run in all domestic competitions to an incredible 44 matches.

In other Celtic news, Tom Rogic has taken this thinly-veiled dig at Rangers ahead of the Aberdeen clash.

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