Celtic

By James Black

Celtic are expected to make one change to their starting XI for Wednesday night’s Champions League clash with Anderlecht.

In-form winger James Forrest is likely to come in to replace on-loan dazzler Patrick Roberts as the Hoops look to make the most of Forrest’s defensive strengths as well as his undoubted talent going forward.

Fan favourite Moussa Dembele looks set to remain on the bench for Brendan Rodgers’ side as they stick with a similar side to the one that eased by Rangers in the weekend’s Old Firm derby.

Dembele is making his comeback after a calf injury kept him out of action for several months but is unlikely to make the starting XI ahead of Leigh Griffiths.

Craig Gordon is almost certain to retain his place between the sticks behind a back four of Mikael Lustig, Jozo Simunovic, Dedryck Boyata and Kieran Tierney.

Subscribe to Football Insider TV now

Anthony Ralston’s knee injury is likely to keep him out of action although he could return for this weekend’s league game with Hibernian as Rodgers tries to ease him through to next month’s international break.

Stuart Armstrong and Scott Brown look set to continue their partnership at the base of Celtic’s 4-2-3-1 formation behind the attacking trio of Forrest, Scott Sinclair and Old Firm goalscorer Tom Rogic.

Sinclair and Forrest have been in fantastic form in recent weeks for the Scottish champions and Rodgers will be desperate for a big performance from his wingers in the class between the two sides fighting it out for third place in Group B and a place in the Europa League after Christmas.

Scotland star Griffiths is expected to lead the line for Celtic as they try and record only their second ever away win in the Champions League.

A win for the Hoops would put them in a good position to finish third in the group as Anderlecht look to recover from their worst start to a domestic campaign in 19 years.

Interim manager Nicolas Frutos took charge of the Belgians two weeks ago and faces a huge challenge in only his third game as boss.

In other Celtic news, Charlie Nicholas has predicted the Hoops’ clash against Anderlecht. 

We’ve launched a << BREAKING NEWS FEED>> exclusively for your club. ‘Like Us’ on Facebook by clicking here if you want 24/7 updates on all Celtic breaking news.