Tom Rogic is in talks with Celtic over a new contract

By Coral Barry

Ronny Deila has rewarded Celtic’s Scottish Cup semi-final goalscorers with a starting place against Ross County in the Scottish Premiership.

The Hoops are still reeling from a penalty shoot-out defeat to Rangers last week and Deila has opted to make three changes to the side that was dumped out of the competition by their arch rivals.

Goalscorers Erik Sviatchenko and Tom Rogic are restored to the starting eleven while Colin Kazim-Richards also gets the chance to impress up front alongside top goalscorer Leigh Griffiths.

Rogic scored a dramatic equaliser in extra-time to force a shoot-out with Rangers before he missed the crucial penalty to hand the Gers a place in the final with Hibernian.

Kazim-Richards takes the place of Gary Mackay-Steven who failed to take his opportunity against Rangers and was hauled off with 20 minutes of normal time still to play.

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Celtic are eight points clear at the top of the table and have all but wrapped up their fifth consecutive title.

The final five league games may not hold much importance for the Hoops bar from adding another title to their bulging trophy cabinet, but they will use the remaining games to give the departing Deila a proper send off.

It was announced after the Rangers defeat that the Norweigen would be stepping down at the end of the season after two disappointing years at Celtic Park.

Griffiths has hit out at suggestions he and his teammates are unfit and will be hoping his side can dismiss the criticism with an energetic performance against Ross County.

The striker will also be eager to add to his remarkable 37 goal tally on Sunday.

In toehr Celtic news, Deila has issued a warning to any man eager to take over the hotseat.