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Celtic’s predicted XI vs Livingston in the Scottish Premiership

After being held to a 0-0 draw against Livingston last weekend, Celtic have an immediate chance to claim a win against David Martindale’s side when they face them again on Wednesday night.

Their Scottish Premiership title defence may be all but over, but Neil Lennon will be hoping to get back to winning ways to try and ease some of the pressure on his own managerial future at Celtic Park.

The Hoops boss will be boosted by the return of some key first-team stars who have had to miss the past couple of weeks due to quarantining, and a clutch of them could all return for tonight’s game.

Predictions for Celtic vs Livingston

Celtic win

Celtic win

Draw

Draw

Livingston win

Livingston win

And with that in mind, below is a look at how Celtic might line up for the visit of Livingston.

In goal, Lennon may wish to stick with Conor Hazard in goal even despite the potential availability of Vasilis Barkas, with the 22-year-old earning his sixth league start in just eight games.

The back-line could see considerable changes, with Jeremie Frimpong returning to a more natural role at right-back, and Diego Laxalt joining him on the opposite side.

In the middle of defence, both Kristoffer Ajer and Stephen Welsh will certainly be pushing for both a recall and opportunity respectively, and end Lennon’s reliance on the more experienced campaigners like Nir Bitton and Shane Duffy.

Ajer – described as being a “top class central defender ” – has has to miss the past couple of games in the league due to having to quarantine.

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If the Celtic boss opts for a diamond set-up in midfield, then Ismaila Soro should took his place as the anchor man, with Ryan Christie and Callum McGregor operating slightly further forward.

David Turnbull should take his place in that all-important number ten role, behind the returning Leigh Griffiths and Odsonne Edouard.

Predicted XI: Hazard; Frimpong, Ajer, Welsh, Laxalt; Soro, McGregor, Christie, Turnbull; Griffiths, Edouard.

Meanwhile, Celtic must play this exciting prospect against Livingston…

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