Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic side take a break from their Premiership title charge on Monday evening, with the Bhoys facing a trip to Dundee United in the quarter-final of the Scottish Cup.
And, while the fixture could present the 56-year-old Bhoys boss with a good opportunity to rotate his starting XI ahead of what is sure to be a tense run-in in the league, the Greek-Australian manager will be well aware that a domestic treble is still very much on the cards for the Hoops this season.
So, with that in mind, will Postecoglou make any changes that started the 3-1 win over Livingston last time out? Here’s how we think Celtic could line up against the Tangerines, as well as the latest team and injury news…
With Postecoglou recently revealing that all three of Mikey Johnston, Karamoko Dembele and Johnny Kenny will be available for selection on Monday evening, while David Turnbull and Kyogo Furuhashi remain sidelined, we predict the 56-year-old will make five changes to the team that lined up at the Tony Macaroni Arena last time out.
The first of these changes comes in the back five, with Josip Juranovic replacing Anthony Ralston at right-back, while Joe Hart retains his place between the sticks and Greg Taylor, Carl Starfelt and Cameron Carter-Vickers start at left-back and as the centre-back pairing respectively.
There are a further two changes in the middle of the park, with Tom Rogic – dubbed a “bad finisher” by Bhoys Analytics – and Nir Bitton making way for the returns of Reo Hatate and Matt O’Riley, while McGregor keeps his spot at the base of the Hoops’ three-man midfield.
In attack, following his highly impressive returns for the Celtic B side in recent weeks, Dembele – who Football Tweet dubbed a “wonderkid” – is handed his first competitive start under Postecoglou, while Giorgos Giakoumakis is given the nod ahead of Daizen Maeda up top and Jota once again starts on the left.