Edouard and Ntcham to start – Strongest 4-2-3-1 Celtic XI to face Rosenborg BK

Predicted Celtic line-up to face Rosenborg BK in the UEFA Champions League qualifier

Celtic will look to advance to the next round of the UEFA Champions League qualifying phase when they take on Rosenborg BK on Wednesday night.  

The Hoops already have one foot through the door, having beaten the Norwegian outfit 3-1 in the first leg at the Parkhead this past week, courtesy of a brace from club record signing Odsonne Edouard along with a strike from fellow Frenchman Olivier Ntcham.  

And manager Brendan Rodgers will be hoping that his side gets the job done on their visit to Trondheim this midweek. Ahead of the game, let’s take a look at how the Hoops might line up against their Norwegian opponents.

Probable Celtic XI

Manager: Brendan Rodgers

Formation: 4-2-3-1 

Craig Gordon (GK) 

The 35-year-old Scottish keeper is the preferred option ahead of summer signing Scott Bain and that is unlikely to change for Wednesday’s game.  

Cristian Gamboa (RB)

The Costa Rican international started his first game of the season last week and had a bit of a mixed bag. With Mikael Lustig unlikely to be involved, he is in line for another start.

Craig Gordon

Jack Hendry (CB)

The Scottish international endured a difficult outing against the Norwegians at home last week. Will look to improve on that display this time out.  

Kristoffer Ajer (CB)

Despite his young age, the Norwegian has established himself as a mainstay at the back for the Scottish champions. Will look to put on a commanding display on his home soil.  

Kieran Tierney (LB)

The 20-year-old remains one of Celtic’s most important players, with the attacking outlet that he offers down the left flank. A definite starter.  

Scott Brown (CM)

The club captain has been his usual solid self in the middle of the park so far in the new season. Rodgers will be expecting more of the same from his trusted lieutenant.

Scott Brown

Olivier Ntcham (CM)

The Frenchman scored a stunner in the first leg to help Celtic to a win. Will be hoping to repeat his heroics on Wednesday.  

James Forrest (RW)

On the right flank, Scotland international James Forrest should take the field once again and look to cause problems to the Rosenborg backline.  

Callum McGregor (CAM)

The 25-year-old is another who has had a bright start to the new campaign. Will be hoping to build on it with another solid display.

Scott Sinclair

Scott Sinclair (LW)

The former Manchester City attacker got a rare start in the first leg and took his chance with a purposeful display. Will be hoping to carry on in the same way and nail down a starting berth.  

Odsonne Edouard (ST)

The Frenchman has been in sensational form since signing for the Hoops on a permanent deal this summer. Grabbed a double in the first leg and will want to add to his tally on Wednesday.

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