Celtic expected 4-4-2 v Inter Milan: Wing duo start
PREVIEW By Harvey Byrne
Celtic are expected to welcome back Leigh Griffiths, who missed out in the midweek Scottish League cup win on Wednesday through suspension.
The Hoops will travel to Ireland on Saturday, where they will face Inter Milan in the International Champions Cup, as they are given a weekend off league commitments.
Brendan Rodgers changed the Bhoys to a 4-2-3-1 formation on Wednesday, but he is expected to revert to 4-4-2 with Moussa Dembele and Griffiths fronting the attack.
New signing Scott Sinclair looks to keep his place in the team after scoring two goals in his first two appearances for the Scottish giants, and James Forrest could start on the opposite flank in the continued absence of the injured Patrick Roberts.
Centre-back Kolo Toure also looks set to return to the starting lineup and adds valuable experience against the Italian giants after being rested against Motherwell on Wednesday.
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The Hoops are suffering an injury problem in the heart of their defence and 20-year-old centre-back Eoghan O’Connell could be set for his third start in a week with Jozo Simunovic, Dedryck Boyata and Erik Sviatchenko all on the treatment table.
First-team wing options Patrick Roberts and Gary Mackay-Steven are also suffering from knee injuries and look set to miss the match against Inter.
Celtic fans will be keen to see the progression of 20-year-old striker Moussa Dembele in their ranks after the bright prospect has already scored three goals in six appearances for his new club in all competitions.
Although the match against Inter won’t be too high on the importance list for manager Rodgers, he will be keen to instill a winning mentality into his new side and the match will help the first eleven gel further.
In other Celtic team news, Rodgers has revealed that players need to press and work in the framework of the team to feature in his side.