Predicted Celtic line-up to face St. Johnstone in the Scottish Cup
Celtic will welcome St. Johnstone to Parkhead for the fifth round of the Scottish Cup on Sunday.
The Bhoys defeated St. Johnstone 2-0 in the Scottish Premiership last week and will be eager to do the same at the weekend. Brendan Rodgers’ men are flying at the moment, having scored 16 goals and conceding nothing in the last six games across all competitions.
It’ll be very tough for St. Johnstone to beat Celtic given the form they are in, however, Tommy Wright’s team have everything in their locker to spring an upset.
Emilio Izaguirre is set to miss Sunday’s game after sustaining an ankle injury in the 2-0 win against Hibernian.
James Forrest is unavailable with a hamstring problem but Odsonne Edouard and Olivier Ntcham have a chance to make it to the Celtic squad.
Probable Celtic XI
Manager: Brendan Rodgers
Scott Bain (GK)
Six clean sheets in as many games on the spin since the winter break is a big achievement for Bain since replacing Gordon in goal. He’ll look to make it 7 in 7 at the weekend.
Jeremy Toljan (RB)
Toljan has been excellent in the couple of games he’s played since joining on loan from Dortmund. He’ll retain his place at right-back.
Dedryck Boyata (CB)
Boyata had a solid game against Hibernian after returning from injury. He is a certain starter for the weekend’s cup game.
Filip Benkovic (CB)
Hard as a nail, Benkovic should partner Boyata in central defence against St. Johnstone.
Jonny Hayes (LB)
With Tierney just returning to training and Izaguirre injured, Hayes could be used on the left-hand side of the defence on Sunday.
Scott Brown (CM)
Brown is still going strong at the age of 33. He is likely to keep his place in the team.
Callum McGregor (CM)
McGregor has the ability to pick a pass, use his creativity to carve open defences and come up with crucial goals as well. He should start alongside Brown in the Hoops’ engine room.
Timothy Weah (RW)
Weah has made an instant impact at the club since joining on loan from PSG in January. His blistering pace and dribbling skills will make him a nightmare for the St. Johnstone defenders.
Ryan Christie (CAM)
Christie is in red-hot form for Celtic and there’s no way Rodgers can keep him out of action.
Scott Sinclair (LW)
Sinclair will start on the left wing and look to give the St. Johnstone right-back a torrid time at the weekend.
Oliver Burke (ST)
Burke has settled down very quickly at Celtic after joining on loan from West Brom. He will be tasked again with leading the Hoops’ attack in the cup competition.