Three changes Celtic may make to face Ross County
As he discussed after Sunday’s performance at Hampden Park, Brendan Rodgers was keen to highlight the role of his substitutes.
Leigh Griffiths caught most of the attention with his stunning assist for Moussa Dembele’s match-winner but the Celtic boss was also keen to play up the contribution of Stuart Armstrong.
Just like in September’s Demolition Derby, the former Dundee United man was introduced early in the second half to telling effect.
Rodgers has demonstrated that rare managerial quality of the telling, rather than the dumbfounding, substitute. In almost every match he makes a change of two, either half time tactics, or more likely bringing on a substitute that seems logical and changes the game.
As early as the Champions League qualifiers at home to Astana and Hapoel Beer Sheva he was making bold substitutions, changes to have a positive impact on the match rather than safety first.
Wednesday’s trip to Ross County comes in the middle of a testing run of three matches in seven days – the sort of schedule that calls on much more than just a starting XI.
From Sunday’s Hampden squad the Celtic boss can bring in Liam Henderson, Ryan Christie and Emilio Izaguirre but a place on the bench is as much as any of those three can wish for.
Managers like to tell us about one match at a time but it’s natural for Rodgers to have an eye on Saturday’s match at Aberdeen when he selects his side for Dingwall. Expecting the same players to peak against Rangers, Ross County and Aberdeen in less than a week is asking too much.
So here’s a look at three changes Rodgers could make for the clash with Ross County…