COMMENT By Matt Farr
Brendan Rodgers should name just three changes to his side to face Albion Rovers in the Scottish Cup fourth round on Sunday.
Moussa Dembele, who has been subject to reported interest from the Premier League this month, should lead the line for Celtic, as they look to continue their bid to win the domestic treble.
The 20-year-old scored his 19th goal of the season in Celtic’s last outing, a priceless derby victory over Rangers on December 31.
Rodgers should also recall Patrick Roberts, Kieran Tierney and Kolo Toure to his side for the cup tie, meaning Emilio Izaguirre, Jozo Simunovic and Callum McGregor miss out.
Craig Gordon has been beaten just twice in his last six appearances, and should retain the No.1 jersey against Albion. Rodgers is likely to rotate his squad for the cup tie, but Gordon is a low-risk option.
The same can be said for regular defensive duo Erik Sviatchenko and Mikael Lustig. The duo have played an important role in Celtic’s impressive defence this season, and should retain their places.
Kolo Toure should return in place of Jozo Simunovic to give the veteran defender some game-time, while Kieran Tierney should be welcomed back after returning from an ankle injury. He has not played since October.
The returning Patrick Roberts should be the only midfield change for Celtic on Sunday, as Rodgers will want to stamp his authority on the competition against a side that ply their trade in the Scottish League Two.
Moussa Dembele should lead the line once again, despite fierce competition from Leigh Griffiths. Both strikers are raring to go and in scintillating form, but Dembele should get the nod for the upcoming clash.
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