Celtic expected 4-2-3-1 v Manchester City: Midfielder axed among four changes
By Will Butcher
Brendan Rodgers could make four changes to face Manchester City on Wednesday night, despite beating Kilmarnock 6-1 on Saturday.
Former Wolves goal machine Leigh Griffiths is set to be thrown in at the deep end after coming off the bench to score on Saturday, as he looks to put his hamstring injury behind him.
Celtic face a huge task ahead of them as they host the Premier League pace setters, and Rodgers is likely to be willing to risk Griffiths if it increases the Hoops’ chances of getting a result.
The Scotland international is likely to replace Tom Rogic, despite the attacking midfielder finding the net against Kilmarnock on Saturday as well as setting up James Forrest to score.
Elsewhere, Costa Rica international Cristian Gamboa is expected to start as his pace will be better suited to deal with in-form star Raheem Sterling. He is in line to replace Sweden international Mikael Lustig.
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Former City star Kolo Toure is also expected to start over Erik Sviatchenko, as his Champions League experience will be viewed as vital by Rodgers.
Craig Gordon is also expected to start between the sticks at Celtic Park. The former Sunderland goalkeeper replaced Dorus de Vries at half-time against Kilmarnock on Saturday as the Dutchman picked up a chest injury.
The Hoops’ best chance of securing a result in their tough Champions League group will be through their home games, and a priceless win against City will give the a fighting chance of qualification.
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