Dembele and Griffiths start in 3-5-2: Celtic best possible XI to face Manchester City
COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Brendan Rodgers should unleash Celtic forwards Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths against Manchester City.
The Scottish champions travel to the Etihad on Tuesday night for the final Champions League group stage game and they have already been eliminated from Europe.
The Bhoys will be keen to go out on a high and should name two talented strikers in an attacking line-up.
Griffiths and Erik Sviatchenko should come into the starting line-up after missing the Motherwell victory through illness, with Kolo Toure and Emilio Izaguirre left out in two changes.
Celtic drew the reverse fixture against Man City 3-3 and enjoyed great success against a shaky defence, with Dembele scoring a phenomenal brace.
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They should go with an attacking approach against a Man City side that are certainly vulnerable at the back, with Chelsea winning 3-1 at the Etihad on Saturday.
Celtic should field their strongest defensive options and stick with number one goalkeeper Craig Gordon over Dorus de Vries.
The three-man defence of Sviatchenko, Jozo Simunovic and Mikael Lustig are the best available options for Rodgers as they look to keep a threatening Man City attack quiet.
They should stick with Stuart Armstrong, Scott Brown and Tom Rogic in the midfield, with all three players impressing during the narrow 4-3 victory against Motherwell on Saturday.
Celtic’s winger Patrick Roberts and James Forrest should retain their places, with both looking to create chances for the front two.
Dembele has been sensational since his summer arrival and scored 17 goals in just 28 appearances for the Scottish giants.
Griffiths has also been in good form this season after a slow start and scored nine goals in his 18 appearances.
In other Celtic team news, the club’s supporters reacted on Twitter to Rogic’s performance against Motherwell.