Celtic expected 4-2-3-1 v Rangers: Attacker axed in double switch
COMMENT By Harvey Byrne
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers is expected to recall star forward Moussa Dembele to his starting eleven against Rangers on Saturday.
The 20-year-old striker was limited to a 66 minute substitute appearance against Ross County in midweek.
But, many believe that Rodgers was simply saving him for the Old Firm Derby clash at Ibrox on the weekend.
It is expected that Leigh Griffiths will be axed from the line-up after struggling in midweek, while James Forrest is also likely to follow him to the bench in two changes.
This will then see Dembele and young starlet Patrick Roberts come into the line-up, making up a very threatening attacking.
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Craig Gordon is expected to keep his place between the sticks with the experienced goalkeeper establishing himself as the club’s number one.
He is likely to play behind an unchanged back four in Mikael Lustig, Erik Sviatchenko, Jozo Simunovic and Emilio Izaguirre, who all performed valiantly to ensure their side a clean sheet in midweek.
Captain Scott Brown is expected to make up the midfield spots alongside emerging star Ryan Christie.
The 21-year-old started against Ross County and impressed all with manager Rodgers even singling him out for praise after the game.
The player was also brought off on the hour mark in midweek, which left many to wonder whether the manager had Saturday in mind when making the substitution.
They will likely play behind a front three of Roberts, Scott Sinclair and Stuart Armstrong.
The latter scored on Wednesday, but overall struggled in the centre of the park, while he is more suited to the attacking midfield position.
They will be looking to supply star man Dembele, who bagged a hat-trick in the previous league encounter in September.
In other Celtic team news, goalkeeper Craig Gordon has revealed how much longer he can continue for the Hoops.