Celtic expected v 4-2-3-1 Dundee: Goal machine axed
By Emma Sanders
Brendan Rodgers could make two changes to the Celtic side which recorded a 1-0 victory against Hamilton when they take on Dundee in this Saturday’s Scottish Premiership fixture.
Goal machine Leigh Griffiths could be axed from the starting XI in favour of Gary Mackay-Steven despite scoring on Tuesday evening and Emilio Izaguirre is likely to come in for Callum McGregor.
The manager opted to play prolific pair Moussa Dembele and Griffiths up front together against Hamilton and though the duo combined well for the goal, the team lacked fluidity.
Mackay-Steven, who came on as a substitute in the 1-0 victory could replace Griffiths with Rodgers likely to return to his preferred formation following the experiment.
The 26-year-old could start on the left hand side of the attacking three, alongside Tom Rogic and Patrick Roberts, while Dembele retains his place as the lone striker.
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Izaguirre is expected to come back into the side at left-back but the revert back to just two holding midfielders could see McGregor axed from the starting XI.
Instead, Rodgers is likely to put his faith in regulars Stuart Armstrong and Scott Brown, who have been ever-present in the centre of midfield this season.
Alongside Izaguirre, Rodgers is expected to name familiar centre-backs Erik Sviatchenko and Jozo Simunovic and Mikael Lustig should start at right-back.
Craig Gordon should retain his place in goal.
In other Celtic news, Brown will make a decision on his future in January.