Celtic expected 4-2-3-1 v Aberdeen: International star axed among seven changes
By Will Butcher
Brendan Rodgers is set to give goalscoring midfielder Stuart Armstrong an extended run in the first team after starring against Ross County.
The 24-year-old scored Celtic’s second with a well-placed finish from the edge of the area against their Scottish Premiership rivals, as they strolled to a 4-0 victory on Wednesday night.
Now, Rodgers may keep Armstrong in the side as he recall his big guns in an attempt to secure three points against title rivals Aberdeen.
Rodgers is expected to make seven changes to his side to face Aberdeen, as Kolo Toure, Kieran Tierney, Scott Brown, James Forrest, Tom Rogic, Scott Sinclair and Moussa Dembele all return.
The inclusion of the former Dundee United star will mean under-fire Israel international Nir Bitton could drop to the bench, as the Hoops look to secure three points against Aberdeen.
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Toure is expected to be given a chance to redeem himself for the first time after failing to play since the Hoops’ 2-0 Champions League loss to Gladbach, where he was at fault for both of the German side’s goals.
Wonderkids Tierney and Dembele return to the starting lineup, as does captain Scott Brown who will lineup alongside the impressive Arsmtrong.
Dembele scored after coming on against Ross County in the second half, as did former Manchester star Sinclair. The 27-year-old will also return in place of Ryan Christie.
Australia international Rogic is likely to come back into Rodgers’ starting eleven, as Leigh Griffiths and Callum McGregor drop to the bench.
Seven points clear at the top of the Premiership and with a game in hand, Rodgers men will be looking to extenuate that lead this weekend.
They take on potential title challengers Aberdeen in Saturday’s early kick off, with the chance to move 10 points clear of their rivals if other results go their way.
In other Celtic news, Rodgers has concerns over this attacker despite starring in the 4-0 win.