Four senior stars axed in Rodgers 4-2-3-1: Celtic best possible XI to face Rangers
COMMENT By Will Butcher
A Brendan Rodgers revamp is on the cards against Rangers after a dismal showing from Celtic against Borussia Mochengladbach in the Champions League.
The 47-time Scottish champions lost 2-0 to the Bundesliga outfit on Wednesday night, with a number of senior stars falling way below par during the Group C defeat.
Former Liverpool boss Rodgers should take action, as they look to secure a Betfred Cup semi-final win against Old Firm enemies Rangers following their 5-1 triumph in September.
Israel international Nir Bitton, veteran Kolo Toure and attacking duo James Forrest and Tom Rogic should all be axed after poor displays on Wednesday night.
Ivory Coast international Toure was at fault for both of Gladbach’s strikes, as he gave the ball away on both occasions in the build up to the goals.
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Croatian Jozo Simunovic should come in to replace the 35-year-old, as he looks to secure a more regular slot in Rodgers’ starting 11 over former Liverpool and Arsenal defender Toure.
Elsewhere, Rodgers’ midfield dilemma continues as Bitton was completely out of his depth in midfield. Stuart Armstrong is likely to be given a chance to shine alongside captain Scott Brown.
Similarly to Bitton, international stars Forrest and Rogic failed to provide the Hoops with an attacking threat and they could be replaced by Leigh Griffiths and Patrick Roberts.
With Rodgers favouring a 4-2-3-1 system., 40-goal hitman Griffiths could be played behind French wonderkid Moussa Dembele.
Scott Sinclair and Dembele should keep their place in the team despite Wednesday night’s performance, after their heroics earlier this season.
Academy product Kieran Tierney will remain at left back after being one of the only Hoops players to have performed well against Andre Schubert’s side, while the likes of Mikael Lustig, Craig Gordon and Erik Sviatchenko remain.
A win for the Hoops could give Rodgers his first shot at silverware after moving north to Glasgow.
Aberdeen or Morton will also be looking to get their hands on the trophy, as they do battle on Saturday with a place in the final at stake.
In other Celtic team news, Toure has delivered this critical assessment following the Hoops loss to Gladbach.