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Celtic predicted XI to face Hibernian

Celtic may not be lifting any silverware in Edinburgh on Saturday but the champagne will be popped open as Scott Brown’s Bhoys career comes to a close.

This will be last time he sets foot in a Hoops shirt as he winds down on what has been a marvellous stint at Parkhead. Brown has won a remarkable ten league titles and 12 domestic cups since first walking through the doors at Paradise in 2007.

Coincidentally, this could be the final match in Celtic colours for a number of players. Odsonne Edouard, Ryan Christie and Kristoffer Ajer are just three of the current squad who have been linked with an exit from Parkhead.

With all of that in mind, how will John Kennedy’s starting XI look when they travel to Easter Road to play Hibernian this afternoon?

Here’s what we’re predicting, with four changes from the side which started in midweek

Kennedy suggested on Friday afternoon that a number of younger players would be in the matchday squad on Saturday. He offered no hints whether we would see a first senior start for Karamoko Dembele but we reckon he’ll finally get the go-ahead.

Should Dembele start on Saturday?

Of course!

Of course!

No, not yet!

No, not yet!

The 18-year-old scored his first senior goal against St Johnstone and deserves an opportunity to finally demonstrate what he’s capable of producing across a full 90 minutes.

Adam Montgomery keeps his spot at left-back but there are three changes elsewhere. Anthony Ralston earns only his second outing of the campaign as he dislodges Jonjoe Kenny at right-back. The Everton loanee has had an inconsistent stint at Parkhead and it feels unlikely that he’ll be here next term.

There could also be a change on the wing, where James Forrest drops out in favour of Mikey Johnston, who has had an injury-hit campaign but appeared in the last couple of games.

The final change sees £12,000-per-week Christie drop out of the starting XI in favour of a tactical change. We’re predicting Leigh Griffiths to feature up top alongside Edouard in a change from the 4-1-4-1 setup we saw on Wednesday.

The Scotland striker is another who could be departing Glasgow when the summer transfer window closes.

Scott Bain’s fitness isn’t clear, so Vasilis Barkes keeps his place between the sticks.

AND in other news, Howe set to be dealt big Celtic blow before he’s even arrived, McKay surely fuming…

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