Celtic expected 4-2-3-1 v Borussia Monchengladbach: Midfield duo axed
By Harvey Byrne
Attacking midfielder Tom Rogic is expected to return to the team in place of Stuart Armstrong who is likely to be dropped to the bench as Celtic host German side Borussia Monchengladbach on Wednesday.
Armstrong started in place of the Australia international against Motherwell after Rogic returned to the squad on Thursday which didn’t leave enough time to get him ready for the Scottish Premiership clash.
Another change could see Nir Bitton join the line-up in the place of Liam Henderson in midfield, after Brendan Rodgers revealed he wasn’t ready for Saturday, but should be in contention for the Champions League.
The Israel international will bring the much needed experience to the squad in a big fixture, which 20-year-old Henderson is currently lacking.
Craig Gordon is expected to remain in goal after winning back the number one shirt from summer signing Dorus de Vries.
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It is likely that Rodgers will stick with the same defence that kept a clean sheet on the weekend with Christian Gamboa, Erik Sviatchenko, Jozo Simunovic and Kieran Tierney.
Ahead of them will be captain Scott Brown alongside Bitton, providing vital protection for the defence.
Meanwhile, Rogic will be likely to line-up behind the in form Moussa Dembele and alongside Scott Sinclair and James Forrest.
The attacking quartet would provide problems for most defences and the German’s will have to be careful against them.
Celtic earned a surprise draw in their previous Champions League fixture against Manchester City with both side’s battling to a 3-3 stalemate.
The Scottish giants will be keen to secure a positive result as they sit in third place in Group C and three points behind City, which would see them qualify for the next stages.
In other Celtic team news, Moussa Dembele has revealed that he gets on with Kolo Toure the most in the Hoops squad.