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Celtic expected 4-2-3-1 v Hibernian: Attackers axed for semi-final clash

By James Black

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers is expected to make two changes to his starting line-up when the Hoops face Hibernian in the Scottish League Cup semi-final clash at Hampden Park on Saturday.

Attackers Stuart Armstrong and Leigh Griffiths are expected to be axed from Rodgers’ 4-2-3-1 formation in place of Callum McGregor and Moussa Dembele as the Hoops continue the defence of the trophy they won last season.

Rodgers’ side will no doubt be looking to get back to business as quickly as possible after the heavy 3-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Craig Gordon is expected keep his place between the sticks, behind what is likely to be an unchanged back-four of Cristian Gamboa, Mikael Lustig, Dedryck Boyata and Kieran Tierney.

Jozo Simunovic and Erik Sviatchenko’s injuries are likely to keep them out of the trip to the national stadium, meaning another makeshift Bhoys defence.

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Captain Scott Brown is likely to partner Olivier Ntcham at the base of Celtic’s midfield in their 4-2-3-1 formation, with the attacking trio of Patrick Roberts, McGregor and Scott Sinclair ahead of them.

Dembele is expected to lead the line of the attack, coming in for Griffiths who was barely involved before he was hooked against Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

The Frenchman was a second-half substitute in the Allianz Arena and Rodgers may be looking for him to start against Hibs this weekend.

In other Celtic news, Rangers fans reacted on Twitter after the news of the Hoops’ loss.

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