Confirmed line-ups: Striker omitted for Celtic clash v St Johnstone
By Alex Stevens
Moussa Dembele has been omitted from the Celtic team for their Scottish Premiership clash against St Johnstone on Saturday.
The summer signing is on the substitute’s bench for second consecutive match despite scoring in the 5-2 midweek Champions League win over Hapoel Be’er Sheva.
Leigh Griffiths is once again given the nod by manager Brendan Rodgers to lead the line for the lunchtime kick-off at McDiarmid Park.
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Nir Bitton and Saidy Janko come into the Celtic starting line-up for the league clash as Rodgers makes two changes to the team that swept aside Be’er Sheva three days ago in the UEFA Champions League play-off first-leg.
Bitton, making his first competitive start for the Hoops since the opening match of the season against Lincoln Red Imps, replaces Callum McGregor in central midfield, who is named among the substitutes.
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Mikael Lustig makes way for Janko at right-back, with the Sweden international dropping out the squad.
Those minor alternations mean Griffiths, fresh from scoring his brilliant brace against Be’er Sheva, will be supported by attacking midfield trio James Forrest, Tom Rogic and Scott Sinclair.
In central defence, Kolo Toure and Eoghan O’Connell continue their partnership.
Despite the arrival of the talented 20-year-old Dembele at Celtic Park it is the more experienced Griffiths who continues to be the main forward in the side.
Griffiths, 25, led the line with huge success last season, bagging 40 goals and providing eight assists in 51 games in all competitions.
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