Celtic expected 4-2-3-1 v Kilmarnock: Senior man returns, attacker duo axed
By Will Butcher
Celtic’s 40-goal hitman Leigh Griffiths could make his belated return from a hamstring injury against Kilmarnock.
The attacking talisman is one of six changes made by Brendan Rodgers from his side’s comprehensive 2-0 Betfred Cup win against Alloa.
As quoted by the Evening Times, manager Brendan Rodgers revealed that the former Wolves goal machine was in line for a return after training this week with the 47-time Scottish Premiership champions.
“He trained Monday, Tuesday and he should train Thursday Friday and be back for Saturday,” Rodgers said, as quoted by the Evening Times. “That’s great news because he’s a really important player for us.”
Elsewhere, James Forrest and Moussa Dembele are set to retain their place in the side after finding the net against Alloa, while Scott Sinclair returns as he looks to break Jimmy McGrory’s record of scoring in Celtic’s five opening domestic fixtures.
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Paddy Roberts and Tom Rogic are set to drop out, while Callum McGregor could play alongside captain Scott Brown after a strong performance against Inverness last Saturday in place of Stuart Armstrong.
In defence, Jozo Simunovic is unlikely to be risked for a top-flight match as he continues to recover from injury, so Erik Sviatchenko is set to come in.
Costa Rica international Cristian Gamboa replaces Mikael Lustig, while veteran shot stopper Dorus de Vries is expected to resume between the sticks.
The Hoops will be looking to keep their unbeaten run going, which has seen them win four of five domestic games.