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Celtic: Predicted XI vs Ross County

Scottish champions Celtic face their final competitive test before the upcoming World Cup, with Ange Postecoglou’s rampant side looking to maintain their stranglehold on first place with victory over Ross County this afternoon.

The Hoops head into that clash at Parkhead having won 13 of their 14 Scottish Premiership games so far this season, with that near-perfect form having seen the Old Firm outfit open up a seven-point lead over Glasgow rivals Rangers at the summit.

The omens bode well for the Bhoys for this meeting with Malky Mackay’s side, having already beaten the Staggies twice this season in league and cup, with both of those triumphs having come on the road.

Looking ahead to today’s encounter at Paradise, here’s how we at Football FanCast predict that the hosts will line up:

Hart; Juranovic, Carter-Vickers, Jenz, Taylor; Mooy, O’Riley, Turnbull; Maeda, Kyogo, Jota.

Postecoglou has been handed a boost in the build-up to the game with the 57-year-old confirming that he has no fresh injury problems to contend with following the midweek win over Motherwell, albeit with midfield pair Callum McGregor and James McCarthy still out of action.

With that in mind, we predict that there will be just three tactical changes from the side that ran out 2-1 winners in that VAR-dominated affair at Fir Park on Wednesday evening, ensuring that former England number one Joe Hart keeps his place in the sticks.

The only alteration to the backline could see summer signing Moritz Jenz introduced in place of Carl Starfelt, with it perhaps unwise to overuse the returning Swede following his recent injury absence.

A further alteration could well take place in midfield with David Turnbull set to come in alongside Aaron Mooy and Matt O’Riley, with the Scotland international having registered a stunning assist off the bench against the Steelmen.

The playmaker’s inclusion could well see usual starter Reo Hatate drop out of the side, with the Japan international – who was omitted from his nation’s World Cup squad – ‘not at his best‘ last time out, as per Glasgow Live’s Ben Banks.

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The same can be said of forward Liel Abada who was something of a villain a few days ago, with the Israeli international set to make way in place of midweek matchwinner, Daizen Maeda, the 25-year-old – who will be going to Qatar – having only recently been lauded for his “immense” contribution as a substitute by his manager.

The former J-League star will be joined by compatriot Kyogo Furuhashi and talisman Jota in attack, with the Portuguese gem having been at the centre of controversy regarding his ‘offside’ goal against Steven Hammelll’s side.

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