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Celtic predicted starting XI for Old Firm derby

Celtic are back in action this afternoon, with another Old Firm derby set to take place at Parkhead.

The Hoops’ previous game saw them secure a 2-0 victory away to Ross County thanks to goals from Jota and Kyogo Furuhashi.

In terms of what the starting XI could look like for the Bhoys on this occasion, here’s our prediction.

Celtic XI – Hart; Ralston, Carter-Vickers, Starfelt, Taylor; Rogic, McGregor, Turnbull; Jota, Furuhashi, Abada

In goal, having played in the majority of Celtic’s league games, it’s safe to suggest that Joe Hart will once again take his place behind the sticks to try and keep today’s visitors from scoring.

At right-back, with Josip Juranovic still out injured, it seems likely that Anthony Ralston will start once again.

For the two centre-back positions, with 59 combined league appearances between them, we think that Cameron Carter-Vickers will partner Carl Starfelt, with Greg Taylor lining out at left full-back once more.

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Moving onto the midfield, we can see Postecoglou making some changes from the win against Ross County last weekend.

While it’s almost a certainty that club captain Callum McGregor will lead the team out, we predict that Tom Rogic will come in for Matt O’Riley, with David Turnbull replacing Reo Hatate.

Having been described as looking “burned out” by journalist Ryan McGinlay, now could be the right time for the 56-year-old to give the Japanese midfielder a rest.

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Finally, for the front three, having both got on the scoresheet last weekend, it doesn’t seem likely that Postecoglou would take either Jota or Furuhashi out of the side. Instead, the Hoops boss and fans will undeniably be hoping that the duo can be just as deadly as they were last time out and fire the team to another victory.

Then, for the final position, we predict that Postecoglou will make another change and bring Liel Abada in for Daizen Maeda.

Praised in the past for his “astonishing” form earlier in the season by Kieran Devlin, the Israel winger has more shots on target (32) than any other Hoops player in the league this season, showing how much of a threat he can be going forward.

With that in mind, he could cause Rangers a lot of problems and help Celtic secure what would be a vital win which would take them to the brink of reclaiming the Premiership title.

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