Celtic expected 4-2-3-1 v Motherwell: Academy product dropped by Rodgers
By Will Butcher
Brendan Rodgers is expected to make just one change to his Celtic side to face Motherwell for Saturday’s Scottish Premiership clash.
Former Liverpool boss Rodgers will be hoping to mastermind his side’s 24th domestic win of the season, and continue the Hoops’ league dominance by going 27 points clear at the top.
The Bhoys will be in buoyant mood once again as they demolished Inverness in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup by six goals to nil, including a hat-trick from Moussa Dembele.
Rodgers will be looking for a repeat of such dominance on Saturday, by bringing in Celtic’s number 42 Callum McGregor to play in the number 10 role behind Dembele.
The 23-year-old is set to come in to Rodgers’ starting eleven for academy product Liam Henderson, who struggled to hit the heights of his teammates last weekend.
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Summer signing Dorus de Vries will be made to wait once again as Craig Gordon continues to star between the sticks, keeping five clean sheets in the Hoops’ last six outings.
Belgium international Dedryck Boyata has reinvigorated his Celtic career, and he is set to start alongside stopper Erik Sviatchenko at the heart of the Bhoys’ defence.
Fresh from scoring Celtic’s opener against Inverness, Mikael Lustig will take his place at right-back while Kieran Tierney should start on the left after scoring his second career goal during the 6-0 win.
Nir Bitton starred last weekend despite a poor start to the season, with a spell on the sidelines serving him well. He is set to partner captain Scott Brown in the middle of the park.
James Forrest was in wonderful form last Saturday, providing three assists and he is expected to continue on the right, while Scott Sinclair should start in search of his 17th goal of the season.
McGregor is expected to fill the hole between Celtic’s flying wingers, behind top scorer and soon-to-be France international Dembele after he scored his second hat-trick in two games.
Celtic will be looking to capitalise on Motherwell’s woeful recent form that has seen them win just once in six league and cup outings.
In other Celtic news, Rodgers has given his verdict on this 21-year-old after scoring a stunning strike.