Celtic expected 4-2-3-1 v Rangers: Four summer signings to start
By Will Butcher
Brendan Rodgers will make a late call on star striker Leigh Griffiths’ fitness before naming the Celtic team for Saturday’s mouthwatering Old Firm derby.
Sky Sports revealed that the goal machine missed Thursday’s training session just two days before the first domestic Old Firm derby in four years, with doubts surfacing over a hamstring problem.
If the former Liverpool boss does opt to start the Scotland international, then he is likely to keep teenage sensation Moussa Dembele on the bench as well as making one change to the side that beat Aberdeen 4-1 before the international break.
All four of Rodgers’ other summer signings are set to start the clash at Parkhead, with right-back Cristian Gamboa, centre-back Kolo Toure, goalkeeper Dorius de Vries and winger Scott Sinclair in the line-up.
Gamboa is expected to be thrown in at the deep end against Rangers after signing from Premier League outfit West Brom, after Rodgers rotated his right-backs Saidy Janko and Mikael Lustig for the opening weeks of the campaign.
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De Vries is set to keep his place between the sticks for the Hoops as Craig Gordon sits out for the second consecutive game, while Australia international Tom Rogic is to be given a chance to continue his fine form.
Left-back Kieran Tierney, who was also a doubt for the Scottish Champions after pulling out of Gordon Strachan’s squad to face Malta, is believed to be fit to play.
£3.5million signing Scott Sinclair is a nailed-on starter as he aims to improve his fantastic start to life in Glasgow, after scoring four goals in six games.
Celtic can extend their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership with a win to four points, but a loss will see Mark Warburton’s mean leapfrog them into first place.
In other Celtic news, Rodgers has been rewarded for his new side’s impeccable start to the season.