Charlie Nicholas: This is who should be starting up front for Celtic in semi-final
Former Celtic striker turned Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas believes that the French striking duo of Odsonne Edouard and Moussa Dembele should start up-front for the Bhoys in their upcoming Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers.
The duo teamed up with devastating affect in the Hoops recent 3-2 win at Ibrox, when Dembele played in Edouard for the winning goal for the 10 men Hoops side, and Nicholas feels that the duo are more than capable of doing damage once more.
Nicholas feels that the pair should get the nod over Leigh Griffiths, who has recently returned from injury.
“People are suggesting that Griffiths might play,” Nicholas said, as quoted by the Herald. “That might be the big issue.
“If I’m picking the team, then Dembele and Edouard up front, if he’s fit, would be the partnership for me. I think Celtic will nick it if they play with that partnership up front.”
The Hoops go into the match against their bitter rivals unbeaten against them this season, with two wins and a draw.
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Brendan Rodgers will no doubt be tempted to play his French duo together after their great performance at Ibrox last month, but it seems far more likely that it will be one striker up-front, and that player is Dembele. Both Edouard and Griffiths are likely to be on the bench and can give support when required, but Rodgers will be looking to pick his strongest side that will get the Hoops through to the cup final, and that means Dembele plays. He hasn’t been in the best of form at times this season, but he is more than capable of scoring the goals that will win the game for the Hoops.
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