Midfield duo axed in Rodgers 4-2-3-1: Best possible Celtic XI to face Motherwell
COMMENT By Will Butcher
Brendan Rodgers should reshuffle his midfield in order to claim Celtic’s 24th league win of the season against Motherwell on Saturday.
The Hoops continued to assert their dominance over the rest of the Scottish Premiership with a huge 6-0 win over Inverness in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup last weekend.
Goals from Kieran Tierney, Mikael Lustig and Scott Brown, as well as a hat-trick from Moussa Dembele saw the Bhoys progress into the sixth round and Rodgers will be hoping for a repeat performance.
The former Liverpool boss will achieve that if he hands midfielder Callum McGregor a starting spot in the number 10 role, as well as giving Stuart Armstrong his first start since January 25.
Versatile midfielder Armstrong, 24, is set to return from a hamstring injury, and will replace Nir Bitton alongside captain Scott Brown while McGregor comes in for Liam Henderson.
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Bitton has struggled to maintain any kind of consistency this season, with manager Rodgers a huge admirer of Armstrong after confirming his imminent return was “great news” on Celtic’s official Twitter account.
???? BR: "@StuArmstrong16 will be back for us which is great news."
— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) February 16, 2017
Academy product Henderson struggled against Inverness despite the dominant win, with Celtic’s number 42 McGregor entrusted to offer more attacking vision in the final third.
The defence remains the same for the third game in the row after wins against St. Johnstone and the Caley Jags, while Craig Gordon continues to keep out Dorus de Vries.
Out wide, James Forrest and Scott Sinclair have terrorised the defence of the Scottish Premiership and will be looking to do so once again.
In three games against Motherwell this season, Sinclair has scored twice and will be looking to add to his 16 goals this season.
As will striker Dembele, who has scored two hat-tricks in two games. Now on 26 goals for the season, the 20-year-old striker will look to continue his red-hot form.
Celtic have secured three wins against Motherwell this term, and will be hoping to maintain their unbeaten run with a fourth triumph on Saturday at Celtic Park.
In other Celtic news, Rodgers has given his verdict on this 21-year-old after scoring a stunning strike.