Celtic

By James Black

Brendan Rodgers will need to make three changes to the side which strolled past Hamilton 4-1 if he wants to field his best possible starting XI for Celtic tonight against Paris Saint-Germain.

Nir Bitton, Olivier Ntcham and Leigh Griffiths need to come into the side at the expense of attack-minded trio Calum McGregor, James Forrest and Odsonne Edouard as the Hoops try to get their Champions League campaign to a good start against the mega-rich French champions.

Rodgers experimented with a back-three against Accies on Friday night but the Northern Irishman will almost certainly revert back to the 4-2-3-1 which has served him so well as Celtic boss so far.

Nir Bitton replaced Jozo Simunovic mid-way through the second-half at the SuperSeal Stadium last week but Rodgers will need both to be on the very top of their game if they are to have any hope of shutting out PSG’s record-breaking front-line of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

Mikael Lustig and Kieran Tierney should take up their usual berths as right left full-backs as they try and deal with the likes of Edinson Cavani and World Cup winner Julian Draxler.

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After starting on the bench on Friday night, Olivier Ntcham should come into partner captain Scott Brown in the centre of midfield, with Stuart Armstrong being pushed further forward to play just-off the fit-again Leigh Griffiths.

Armstrong has had a scintillating few weeks for club and country and has earned the opportunity to start ahead of the likes of Tom Rogic and Callum McGregor.

Fresh from his standout performance on his second debut for the Hoops, Paddy Roberts is the obvious choice at right wing with Scott Sinclair on the opposite flank.

Sinclair has been in wonderful form so far this season – helping himself to a double on Friday to take his goal tally to eight for the season – and will be relishing the opportunity to prove himself at the highest level.

Despite a goal-scoring debut, Odsonne Edouard will likely make way for Griffiths as the former Hibs striker is more of a known quantity to Rodgers at this stage in their respective Celtic careers.

Griffiths has shown time and time again that he can pop up with vital goals when needed and Rodgers will surely be hoping that’s the case again tonight.

In other Celtic news, Stan Collymore has given his prediction for the PSG clash.

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