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31st Dec, 2016 | 11:16am

Confirmed Celtic line-up v Rangers: 26-year-old axed in two changes

By Harvey Byrne

Celtic have made two changes to their starting eleven to face Rangers in the Premiership on Saturday afternoon.

Manager Brendan Rodgers has decided to bring in star striker Moussa Dembele back into his lineup, which has seen 26-year-old Leigh Griffiths axed to the bench.

Young starlet Ryan Christie has dropped out of the 18-man squad altogether with Callum McGregor returning.

Celtic announced their team on their official Twitter account ahead of the encounter at Ibrox.

Celtic have already come out victors twice in the two clashes between the Old Firm rivals this season.

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The Hoops ran out an emphatic 5-1 victory the first time the two sides met in September with a hat-trick from Dembele helping them on their way to victory.

The second clash in the League Cup semi-final saw a much tighter affair with just the one goal separating the two in a 1-0 win for the Bhoys.

Celtic will now be keen to make it three wins from three with Rangers only returning to the Premiership this season.

A win for Rodgers’ men will see them move 19 points clear of the Gers in second with a game in hand.

Additionally, Celtic will also maintain their unbeaten run after 20 matches as they look to go the whole season without a league defeat.

The enthralling encounter will be shown live on Sky Sports 1 with kick off at 12.15pm.

In other Celtic team news, Chris Sutton named just one Rangers player in his team of the year, which was dominated by Hoops stars.