Date: 20th February 2018 at 2:51pm
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The fact that Charly Musonda started for Celtic against St Johnstone on Sunday, when so many first choice players were out, hints that the new signing from Chelsea is likely to be on the bench against Zenit on Thursday.

However, this may not be the worse idea and work out to be a brilliant move, especially if the 21-year-old attacker is able to repeat his feat of creating the winning goal like he did for Callum McGregor in the first leg of the tie.

It seems likely that Brendan Rodgers will look to stiffen up his side, particularly in the midfield area, which would mean only James Forrest playing as a natural winger.

The likes of Kieran Tierney and Olivier Ntcham will no doubt have licence to push forward at times but mostly their role will be confided to defending.

If the Russian side are looking for a goal and on the front foot for most of the game and Musonda is the ideal player to bring on to have a run at tiring players.

This was certainly the case in the first leg, when Zenit found it difficult to cope with the speed and trickery which lead to McGregor’s goal.

Musonda rampaging in attack supporting Moussa Dembele seems like the ideal combination to take the game to Zenit in the closing stages.

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