Date: 29th March 2019 at 11:15am
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Celtic could make three changes to their starting XI for Sunday’s showdown against Rangers.

The Hoops head into the Parkhead clash with a 10-point advantage over their bitter rivals and will all but sew up the title with seven matches remaining if they extend that to 13 by the end of the weekend.

Neil Lennon is likely to stick with most of the side that secured a last-gasp 1-0 win over Dundee before the international break.

Eght of those are all but certain to remain in the XI if Kieran Tierney passes a late fitness test on the calf injury that he sustained while away with Scotland during the international break.

The changes could see Nir Bitton, Dedryck Boyata and Filip Benkovic come into the side for Mikey Johnston, Jeremy Toljan and Kristoffer Ajer.

Lennon is set to continue with Scott Bain in goal but is expected to re-jig the defence and return to his best centre-back combination of Boyata and Benkovic.

There is some doubt as to who will start at right-back, but Lustig’s experience could see him get the nod over the greater athleticism of Toljan.

Bitton missed out against Dundee, but his experience and knowhow could prove vital in the Parkhead cauldron and this would allow Callum McGregor to push forward into a more creative role.

The Scotland international was one of the few players for his country to emerge with his reputation intact from a testing 10 days for the national team and he will be vital for Lennon’s side on Sunday.

The front three are likely to be Odsonne Edouard supported by James Forrest and Scott Sinclair on the flanks.

In other Celtic news, are Rangers hot on the trail of Hoops flyer amid the growing likelihood he will quit at the end of the campaign?