Celtic expected 4-3-3 v St Johnstone: 24-year-old attacker recalled in two changes
By John Reid
Normally after a gruelling match like the one Celtic took part in on Wednesday, you would expect Brendan Rodgers to make more than a few changes for the following weekend’s league match.
But with Celtic only one point ahead at the top of the Scottish Premiership, and no league game for another two weeks due to the international break, changes may well be at a minimum.
There is also the chance for Celtic to make history, as if they avoid defeat they will set a new British record of 63 domestic games unbeaten.
The likes of Scott Brown and Kieran Tierney will be expected to play, along with star striker Moussa Dembele, and man of the match against Bayern Munich James Forrest.
Celtic will go with the attacking 4-3-3 formation, as they line-up against a St Johnstone who haven’t scored a goal in their last five league games.
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This is the XI we expect Brendan Rodgers to choose for the game:
The same back four that started against Bayern should start on Saturday, even Craig Gordon, who didn’t cover himself in glory for Munich’s first goal.
The one change in midfield is Tom Rogic in for Stuart Armstrong. Rogic has the guile and creativity to unlock what will no doubt be a packed St Johnstone defence.
On the wings, James Forrest has to play after his tremendous performance against the German Champions whilst on the other wing Jonny Hayes should replace Scott Sinclair.
Sinclair has been off-form for a few weeks, this seems to be the kind of game that Celtic signed Hayes for.
Up-front, Moussa Dembele has to play as he has been in excellent form recently. There is always the prospect of Leigh Griffiths to come on in the second-half.