Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic side head into Wednesday’s Premiership clash with St. Mirren in something of a wobble in form, with the Bhoys having won one, drawn one and lost two of their last four fixtures in all competitions.
Indeed, the 2-0 second leg Europa Conference League loss to Bodo/Glimt and the 0-0 draw with Hibernian last weekend marked the first time the Hoops have failed to score a single goal in back to back games under the management of the 56-year-old coach, a run that Postecoglou will undoubtedly be hoping to end against the Saints.
In order to do so, the Greek-Australian manager must ensure he gets his team selection spot on against his side’s eighth-placed opposition this evening – with a win appearing an absolute must if the Bhoys are to keep their Premiership title charge on track.
So, will Postecoglou make any changes that started the stalemate with Hibs on Sunday? Here’s how we think Celtic could line up against St. Mirren, as well as the latest team and injury news…
With Ange Postecoglou recently revealing that he has no fresh injury concerns ahead of Wednesday’s fixture – although Giorgos Giakoumakis remains a doubt due to illness, while Kyogo Furuhashi, David Turnbull, Mikey Johnston and Albian Ajeti all remain sidelined with hamstring injuries – we predict that Postecoglou will make two changes to the side that started the 0-0 draw in Edinburgh last time out.
In defence, the back five remain untouched, with Joe Hart starting between the sticks, while Greg Taylor, Carl Starfelt, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Josip Juranovic make up the defensive quartet.
There is one alteration in the middle of the park, with the £21.5k-per-week Rogic – who Brendan Rodgers once dubbed “languid” – dropping out of the XI after a poor run of form, and Matt O’Riley coming in alongside Reo Hatate and Callum McGregor.
In attack, Jota and Daizen Maeda keep their starting spots on the left and up top respectively – with Giakoumakis more likely to start on the bench if he is deemed fit enough to feature – while Liel Abada makes way for the 19-year-old “wonderkid” – in the words of Football Tweet – Karamoko Dembele on the right.