Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic side return to European action this evening, with Bodo/Glimt making the trip to Parkhead for the Europa Conference League play-off round meeting.
After being narrowly eliminated in the Europa League group stage, the newly-formed Conference League offers the 56-year-old and his side a second chance at going on a European cup run this season – and potentially even the opportunity to pick up the club’s first international trophy since the Lisbon Lions’ European Cup triumph back in 1967.
As such, Postecoglou will undoubtedly be looking to field his strongest possible XI tonight, with sweeping changes from the initial lineup against Raith Rovers last weekend expected to be made by the Greek-Australian coach.
So, how many alterations will the 56-year-old make to the side that started the 4-0 Scottish Cup victory last time out? Here’s how we think Celtic could line up against Bodo/Glimt, along with the latest team and injury news…
With Postecoglou recently revealing that Josip Juranovic will be available for selection after recovering from illness, as well as confirming that Mikey Johnston and Yosuke Ideguchi will not feature this evening, we predict that the 56-year-old will make eight changes to the team that lined up against Rovers last weekend.
Three of these changes come in the back four, with Liam Scales, Stephen Welsh and Anthony Ralston making way for the returns of Greg Taylor, Carl Starfelt and the fit-again Juranovic respectively.
In the middle of the park, Callum McGregor takes the place of Nir Bitton in the more defensive role of Postecoglou’s midfield three, while the £15k-per-week Tom Rogic – who Brendan Rogers previously dubbed an “elusive” player – makes way for the 21-year-old Matt O’Riley – who Kieran Devlin labelled a consistent “8/10” performer.
Finally, there are wholesale changes in the front three, with the aforementioned Johnston being ruled out due to injury, while Giorgos Giakoumakis and James Forrest also drop out of the XI, with Jota, Liel Abada and Daizen Maeda staring on the left-wing, right-wing and at centre-forward respectively.