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8th Dec, 2016 | 5:50pm

Celtic expected 4-2-3-1 v Partick: Mackay-Steven starts

By Dominic Toner

Brendan Rodgers is set to name Gary Mackay-Steven in the Celtic starting XI against Partick on Friday.

The Bhoys are set to make one change to their side as Mackay-Steven replaces James Forrest, who was forced off in the 1-1 draw against Manchester City with a hamstring injury.

Celtic will be hoping to to extend their eight-point gap over Rangers at the top of the league table and face relegation-threatened Partick.

Mackay-Steven was used a substitute against Man City on Tuesday and made his first appearance of the season, with the midfielder returning from a long-term injury.

The 26-year-old looked impressive off the bench and is set to get his first league appearance of the campaign on Friday, with regulars Scott Sinclair and Forrest both absent through injuries.

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Celtic’s number one goalkeeper Craig Gordon is expected to retain his place, with Jozo Simunovic and Erik Sviatchenko forming a strong centre-back partnership.

Reliable defender Mikael Lustig will play at right-back and Emilio Izaguirre is set to keep his place as he fills in for the injured Kieran Tierney.

The Bhoys skipper Scott Brown is likely to retain his place alongside Stuart Armstrong in the midfield and provide the defensive cover.

Mackay-Steven is likely to operate from the left wing and Celtic’s goalscorer against Man City, Patrick Roberts, will play on his favoured right flank.

Australian intentional Tom Rogic is set to play in the number 10 role and support star striker Moussa Dembele.

In other Celtic team news, Roberts has spoke about his potential future at the club.