Tom Rogic is in talks with Celtic over a new contract

By Dominic Toner

Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic should return to the starting XI against Kilmarnock.

The Bhoys face an away match on Friday night against seventh-placed Kilmarnock and manager Brendan Rodgers should field his strongest available side, which consists of forward pairing Leigh Griffiths and Moussa Dembele.

Rogic, 23, has returned late from international duty with Australia but should feature alongside Scott Brown and Stuart Armstrong in midfield, with Callum McGregor dropping out of the side.

Cristian Gamboa should also come into the side for Mikael Lustig, who could not feature for Sweden due to an ankle injury, and play in a back three.

Rodgers should stick with the 3-5-2 formation that helped Celtic complete a 3-0 victory against Inverness, in which Rogic scored a goal when used as a substitute.

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The Australian international has scored eight goals in 19 appearances this season in all competitions and provides a real attacking threat to the Celtic team.

Rodgers should make just the one forced change in defence and stick with regular options Erik Sviatchenko, Jozo Simunovic and goalkeeper Craig Gordon.

Celtic and Scotland left-back Kieran Tierney is currently sidelined with ankle ligament damage and Rodgers should continue with a three-man defence in his absence.

The Bhoys should be looking to be on the front foot against Kilmarnock, who have won just three of their opening 13 league games, and have plenty of attacking options.

Brown and Armstrong would provide the defensive cover for the reigning Scottish champions and allow them to throw men forward.

Rogic could join wingers Patrick Roberts and Scott Sinclair further up the pitch when in possession, with the latter currently the top scorer in the division with nine goals.

Rodgers should play a front two of Dembele and Griffiths, who will striker fear into any defence in the league.

The pair have not been used together that often this season but have the potential to form a deadly partnership.

In other Celtic team news, Danny Murphy claims this player will not join the club with Rodgers in charge.