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Celtic expected 4-2-3-1 v Alloa: Senior trio return to line-up

By Deputy Editor Harvey Byrne

Celtic are expected to revert to their normal 4-2-3-1 system after being held to a 2-2 draw against Inverness in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday.

Celtic will welcome Alloa to Celtic Park in the Scottish League Cup Quarter-final on Wednesday.

Manager Brendan Rodgers opted to use a 4-4-2 formation in the clash against Inverness, with Scott Sinclair partnering Moussa Dembele upfront.

However, the formation is likely to be abandoned after the disappointing draw, despite Sinclair scoring in the more advanced role.

The change should see Sinclair revert to his more natural position on the wing, while Nir Bitton returns to the line-up in the centre with Callum McGregor dropping out of the side.

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Sinclair is likely to start in an attacking midfield three with Tom Rogic and Patrick Roberts adding plenty of attacking threat to the side.

20-year-old Moussa Dembele is expected to retain his place after an impressive start to his Celtic career, while Leigh Griffiths also remains out with a hamstring injury.

Bitton will be in line to partner captain Scott Brown in the centre of midfield, with the duo providing a shield to the Hoops’ back line.

The back four is likely to see one change to it following Sunday’s draw, after experienced defender Kolo Toure was rested from the match. The Ivory Coast international will be expected to line-up alongside Erik Sviatchenko in defence, with Kieran Tierney and Cristian Gamboa either side of the two.

Meanwhile, the experienced goalkeeper Craig Gordon will be likely to get match time in the cup competitions this campaign following the signing of Dorus De Vries, who has taken over the number one role at the club.

Alloa are currently in League One, but they will be keen to earn a surprise win against the Scottish giants away from home.

In other Celtic team news, Sinclair has become the first Hoops player to score in each of the team’s opening five domestic fixtures since legend Jimmy McGrory.