Celtic expected 4-2-3-1 v St Johnstone: Attacking duo return
By Tom Blackburn
Celtic could make three changes from their team that beat Hapoel Be’er Sheva in the Champions League when they travel to St Johnstone on Saturday.
Moussa Dembele is expected to start in place of Tom Rogic, who scored the opener as Celtic beat their Israeli opposition 5-2.
Stuart Armstrong is also expected to return to their starting line-up, with Callum McGregor dropping to the bench.
Kolo Toure, 35, is unlikely to play a second game in four days and could be replaced by right-back Saidy Janko, with Mikael Lustig moving to centre-half.
Celtic recorded the impressive 5-2 victory over Hapoel on Wednesday night, having allowed a 3-0 lead to slip to 3-2.
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Toure shone in that match and it was his 40-metre run that led to Leigh Griffiths making the score 2-0 against Hapoel.
Griffiths scored two goals on the night, the second of which was a superb free-kick from the right hand side of the box into the top corner.
The Hoops have given themselves a great chance of qualifying for the Champions League group stages following their triumph over the Israeli side in the first match of the two-legged play-off.
Dembele is expected to return to the starting lineup, having been dropped for the European tie before coming off the bench to score the fourth goal.
The 20-year-old has hit the ground running at his new club after joining from Fulham earlier this summer and he has scored four goals in his seven appearances, and Brendan Rodgers could be tempted to start him for their tie against St Johnstone.
Celtic have only played one Premiership game this season, unlike the rest of the league who have played twice.
They continue to bid for a sixth consecutive league title, but face competition from Rangers this season after the Ibrox side won promotion from the Championship.
Celtic manager Rodgers has said this week that on top of winning the league, he wants the club to return to playing at the highest level in Europe.
“We’re very honoured and privileged to work here but we want to bring the club back into the highest level, which is the Champions League,” Rodgers told the official Celtic Twitter account.
“I want to get the players, the club and supporters back into an environment where the club is renowned.
“We will do everything we possibly can to make that European dream come true. All I can promise is team and staff will do our very best.”
In other Celtic team news, their fans react on Twitter to Toure display against Hapoel.