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Celtic’s predicted XI to face Hearts in League Cup

It will take a long time for Celtic supporters to forgive the board for the events that played out in front of their eyes at Parkhead last term.

Hoops supporters witnessed a horrendous season where they ended up failing to win a single trophy.

However, under the expert eyes of Ange Postecoglou, proceedings have improved at Paradise and the general feel is now one of positivity.

Celtic have kept successive clean sheets, won three games on the trot and scored 13 goals in the process.

Ange ball is well and truly in full flow as the Bhoys begin to repair the rubble of a disastrous 2020/21 campaign.

They have made it into the next round of Europa League qualifying but their League Cup campaign gets underway on Sunday.

Will Celtic get revenge on Hearts?

Of course!

Of course!

No chance!

No chance!

As they face Hearts in Glasgow, how could Postecoglou’s team selection look? Here’s our predicted XI…

We’re tipping the manager to make just the two changes to the side that beat Jablonec 3-0 in midweek.

The first change is on the right of midfield where Liel Abada should be fit to return.

The Israeli missed the clash last Thursday with a little niggle and was rested as a precaution. Though, the medical team seem to think he’ll be fine to play against Hearts this weekend.

As a result, James Forrest drops out of the XI as he did against Dundee a week ago.

The only other change is in the middle of the park where the “majestic” Tom Rogic is axed from the XI.

The £16k-per-week Aussie was exceptional in Europe a few days ago but did begin to tire during the end of the match. Consequently, Ismaila Soro replaces him at the base of the midfield.

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That means David Turnbull plays in a slightly more forward role after scoring twice versus Jablonec.

The back four remains the same while Odsonne Edouard once again has to settle for a place on the bench with Kyogo Furuhashi leading the line.

Celtic have already faced Hearts this season but suffered a 2-1 defeat on the opening day of the campaign.

Scott Bain and their defence were questionable throughout the game and eventually succumbed to a late John Souttar goal.

Postecoglou will be hoping for better fortune at Paradise today.

AND in other news, Celtic may find their new Chris Sutton by signing 45-goal brute who can “cause havoc”…

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