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Celtic: Postecoglou must unleash Sead Haksabanovic vs Hibs

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou is currently blessed with a vast array of attacking options, with the 57-year-old facing the unenviable task of selecting the best attacking trio from his competitive squad.

The former Yokohama Marinos boss opted for a front three of James Forrest, Kyogo Furuhashi and Daizen Maeda last time out for the thumping victory over St Johnstone, although it would be no real surprise to see the title-winning coach shuffle his pack once again.

The obvious candidate to make way would be that of Maeda, with the Japanese international having now failed to register a goal or an assist in his last three league outings, despite showing great ‘drive and desire‘ against the Saints – as per Glasgow Live’s Ryan Thorn.

The 25-year-old’s return to the bench could see Portuguese gem Jota take his place in the starting lineup, although the fleet-footed starlet has endured something of a barren run of his own of late, having not registered a goal contribution in any of his last five Scottish Premiership appearances.

As such, Postecoglou could well be better served thrusting Sead Haksabanovic back into the action, with the summer signing having been “flying” for the Old Firm outfit prior to the World Cup break, as per pundit Tam McManus, after scoring three goals in just three league games leading up to that halt to proceedings.

The 23-year-old has been restricted to a substitute role in recent games after shaking off an injury scare, although it could now be an ideal time to unleash the Montenegro international from the start against the Easter Road outfit.

The “little diamond” – as lauded by former coach Jan Jonsson – notably sparkled when the two sides met earlier this season, producing what proved to be his first goal involvement in the green and white jersey with an assist, having also produced an incredible piece of skill down the left flank.

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The creative ace – who has three goals and one assist to his name this season – has been gradually eased in by Postecoglou this season, although the Sweden-born starlet has shown flashes of his undoubted quality thus far, with earning a consistent run in the side seemingly the next task on the agenda.

The one-time West Ham United man may still be finding his feet somewhat in Glasgow, although he could well prove the difference-maker this evening against Lee Johnson’s men.