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9th Mar, 2017 | 4:43pm

Celtic expected 4-2-3-1 v Rangers: Underperforming 26-year-old axed

By Amir Mir

Celtic could make one change to the side that takes on bitter rivals Rangers at Parkhead on Sunday afternoon.

Brendan Rodgers side continued their unbeaten run on the domestic scene when they beat St Mirren 4-0 in the Scottish Cup quarter-finals last weekend.

Now, the underperforming 26-year-old Gary Mackay-Steven could be axed for the Old Firm showdown with Patrick Roberts replacing him in the starting XI.

Striker Moussa Dembele could start up front for the home team in the Scottish Premiership clash with the Frenchman scoring a hat-trick the last time they met at Celtic in September.

Former Aston Villa man Scott Sinclair might start out wide with the technically gifted Roberts on the other wing.

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The duo could be key to their teammate Dembele scoring the goals that may seal the three points against their neighbours.

In the middle of the park, Scott Brown and Nir Bitton might start in front of the defence, with Stuart Armstrong playing further up the field.

Goalkeeper Craig Gordon, who signed a new deal at the club on Wednesday, will be hoping to celebrate that contract extension by starting between the sticks.

In defence, Dedryck Boyata and Erik Sviatchenko could continue their impressive partnership at the heart of the club’s defence.

Furthermore, Mikael Lustig and Kiernan Tierney could continue at full-back and be expected to provide the extra danger out wide.

In other Celtic team news, Brendan Rodgers has delivered his verdict on this 20-year-old ahead of the Rangers showdown.

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