Celtic have tapped into a rich vein of form in all competitions and are swatting their opponents aside with relative ease of late.
The Hoops have won their last five competitive matches, scoring an impressive 18 goals in the process, against Jablonec (two legs), Hearts, Dundee and AZ Alkmaar.
They now face St Mirren in the Premiership as they look to make it six wins on the bounce and two wins from three in the league. Celtic Park will surely be rocking after recent results and that should create a sublime atmosphere to inspire the players during the match.
Who will be able to enjoy it from the start? Here is our predicted XI for this afternoon…
We are predicting that Ange Postecoglou will make two changes to his XI from the 2-0 win over AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League earlier this week.
The first player we believe will come back in is Odsonne Edouard. The former PSG attacker started and scored in Celtic’s 3-2 win over Hearts in the League Cup last weekend and was rested for the clash with AZ Alkmaar, with Liel Abada coming in on the wing and Kyogo Furuhashi moving centrally.
However, Abada failed to take his chance as he produced a disappointing performance. He was given a FotMob rating of 6.5, the lowest in the side, as he created zero chances and only had 30 touches during his time on the pitch before being substituted. This is why we think that Edouard will be brought back into the team for the clash with St Mirren today.
The other change we are predicting is James McCarthy for Tom Rogic. Celtic signed the Irishman from Crystal Palace on a free transfer this summer but he has been restricted to two 15-minute substitute appearances thus far.
Postecoglou labeled McCarthy as “top-class” upon the midfielder’s arrival at Parkhead. The 55-year-old said: “I’m delighted that we have signed two top-class players in Joe and James. Both of them have a wealth of experience at both club and international level, and that is something which can only benefit the squad, and I’m looking forward to working with both of them.”
This change is not because of Rogic’s form, but rather to give McCarthy a chance to show off his quality in front of the home fans for his full debut. It also gives the Australian midfielder a rest to make sure he is fully fit for the second leg against AZ Alkmaar next week.
With the Hoops on a winning run, we are backing Postecoglou to stick with the other nine members of the XI from the win over the Eredivisie club so as not to disrupt momentum too much.