Predicted Celtic Line-up To Face Hamilton Academical In The Scottish Premiership
Celtic will pay a visit to the SuperSeal stadium this Friday, as they take on Hamilton Academical in the Scottish Premiership, post the international break.
The Hoops, treble winners from last season, got off to a strong start in the new campaign but were held to a 1-1 draw by third-placed St. Johnstone in the previous round of fixtures, which means they are a place and two points behind leaders Aberdeen. Manager Brendan Rodgers will be keen on mounting a comeback this weekend as they prepare for the group stages of the UEFA Champions League.
Moussa Dembele and Dedryck Boyata remain unavailable for selection and striker Leigh Griffiths too could be given a rest after he picked up a slight knock during international duty for Scotland. Erik Sviatchenko is another who is likely to miss out, along with midfielder Kouassi Eboue.
Here’s how Celtic could take the field against the Accies.
Manager: Brendan Rodgers
Craig Gordon (GK)
The veteran shot-stopper is the automatic choice for the starting spot between the sticks and no change is expected here.
Anthony Ralston (RB)
The youngster has impressed on each occasion where he has been handed an opportunity and Rodgers would give him the go in order to preserve Mikael Lustig for the Champions League game.
Kristoffer Ajer (CB)
The 19-year old has had a decent debut season so far and might be given the nod ahead of Jozo Simunovic, keeping in mind the European fixture.
Nir Biton (CB)
The Israeli has deputised in a centre-half role this season but to mixed results. Will get a chance to prove himself again on Friday night.
Kieran Tierney (LB)
The 20-year old has established himself as one of the first names on the teamsheet under Rodgers and will keep his spot.
Scott Brown (CM)
The captain of the team, Scott Brown, will start in one of the two midfield spots for the Bhoys. Will add the bite and the solidity in the midfield.
Olivier Ntcham (CM)
The summer arrival from Manchester City has already put in some accomplished performances and could partner Brown ahead of Stuart Armstrong.
James Forrest (RW)
The Scottish winger will start on the right flank for the Hoops, ahead of summer signing Jonny Hayes. A substitute appearance may be on cards of Patrick Roberts.
Tom Rogic (CAM)
The Australian will slot in the No.10 role and look to pull strings and create chances for his attacking teammates.
Kundai Benyu (LW)
Another new addition, Benyu has looked decent enough and might be given the nod ahead of Scott Sinclair, again keeping in mind the big Champions League game.
Odsonne Edouard (ST)
With Leigh Griffiths picking up a slight knock, Rodgers would do well to rest him and hand another of the young new recruits, Odsonne Edouard, who arrived on loan from PSG, a start.