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13th Apr, 2018 | 11:18am

'Power and aggression' - Davie Hay names two Celtic players who must start semi-final clash

Former Celtic boss Davie Hay believes that when it comes to the big decisions as to who should play up-front in goals for the Hoops against Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi-final it will be Moussa Dembele and Craig Gordon.

Hay thinks that Dembele will get the nod to start over the fit again Leigh Griffiths and Gordon will return to the side in place of Scott Bain.

“If I was picking the team for Sunday’s game I think that I would be going for Moussa Dembele leading the line and Craig Gordon in goal” he said, as quoted by the Evening Times.

“He (Dembele) has so much power and aggression when he is on his game and I think he might get the nod to start.

“As for the goalkeeping situation, if Gordon is fit then I would play him…(his) experience for me in a game like this that would swing it.”

Dembele started and scored for the Hoops in their 3-2 win over the Gers at Ibrox last month, whilst Gordon has only just returned to fitness after recovering from a knee injury which kept him out of action for over two months.

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Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers is likely to agree with Hay’s line of thinking, and start the two players in the semi-final. Dembele has an excellent record against the Ibrox side, and looked back to his best against them in the recent league match at Ibrox, whilst Gordon has a wealth of experience which is always important when it comes to big games like this one. Griffiths hasn’t done enough in recent weeks to get the nod to start over Dembele, but Bain can consider himself unfortunate not to take Gordon’s place in goals, but Rodgers is likely to go for Gordon, who has been his first choice goalkeeper for almost two seasons.

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