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Old Firm: Celtic’s predicted XI to face Rangers

Unlike the Old Firm clashes that took place throughout 2020/21, Celtic actually look in a good place.

The Hoops have only tasted defeat once since their opening day loss and are scoring a bucket load of goals. In fact, throughout their last seven matches, they have beaten the goalkeeper on 25 occasions.

It’s in stark contrast to last season when Celtic were taken to the cleaners by Rangers during a disastrous trophyless campaign.

Under the stewardship of Ange Postecoglou, the Bhoys have bounced back and look every bit a title contender again.

Yet, after just about scraping through to the Europa League group stages on Thursday, will the Australian make many changes on Sunday?

Here’s the starting XI we’re predicting…

We’re tipping Postecoglou to make two changes to the team that lost to AZ Alkmaar last Thursday.

The first change comes at right-back where Josip Juranovic is afforded his first minutes in a Celtic shirt since signing from Legia Warsaw.

Should Juranovic start on Sunday?

No way!

No way!

Yes please!

Yes please!

Anthony Ralston has been one of the club’s most consistent players this season and already has two goals from a full-back position in the early stages of the campaign.

However, in a game with so much riding on it, Postecoglou will be pleased to be able to call on a reliable defender in the form of Juranovic.

The final alteration is up top where Odsonne Edouard comes back into the fray at the expense of £16k-per-week Tom Rogic. He didn’t start in the Netherlands this week but is handed another chance before a potential move away in the final days of the transfer window.

This could be Edouard’s last appearance as a Celtic player and with that in mind, he will be hoping to go out with a bang.

As a result of his inclusion, Kyogo Furuhashi moves back to the left-hand side with Ryan Christie in behind the striker.

Greg Taylor is fit enough to start at left-back which is news that will come as a relief to the manager. The Scot limped off in the Europa League in midweek but has been included in the provisional squad this weekend.

James Forrest is also due to return after not travelling to the Netherlands.

AND in other news, Forget Montgomery: Celtic can soften Taylor injury blow by signing “incredible” 20 y/o…

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