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4-2-3-1 Celtic Predicted Line-Up To Face Anderlecht: Dembele To Lead The Line?

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After securing a 0-2 away win at the Ibrox Stadium on Saturday, Scottish giants Celtic are due to make a trip to the Stade Constant Vanden Stock to face Belgian outfit Anderlecht. The Celts, under the tutelage of Brendan Rodgers, have started their domestic season in a riveting manner.

However, they faltered like a house of cards against Paris Saint-Germain, as they were humiliated in a 0-5 loss at the hands of the Ligue 1 outfit in their first group stage game of UEFA Champions League. Celtic would be keen to up the ante from here on and here is how we expect them to line up this midweek.

Defence

Craig Gordon has been the undisputed choice so far between the sticks and is seemingly likely to start once again on Wednesday night. In the first game of the group stage, Gordon leaked 5 goals when the Hoops faced PSG and thus, he would look keen to bag his first clean sheet in this season’s Champions League campaign.

Kieran Tierney is expected to keep his left-back slot, for he has been a scintillating player who has developed wonderfully and it listed alongside the highly rated fullbacks in the game at this point of time. At the right-back position, Mikael Lustig should be starting the game ahead of Anthony Ralston.

Jozo Simunovic and Dedryck Boyata are anticipated to be teed up at the heart of the defence. Simunovic and Boyata were absolutely resilient against the Gers last weekend and thus, Rodgers should be giving them the nod to start.

Midfield

Olivier Ntcham has been aa fantastic signing for the Glasgow giants as he has not only guarded the middle of the park meticulously but has also gelled well with his teammates.  Ntcham is likely to be engineered alongside skipper Scott Brown, for Brown has been the engine of his side.

To be used as a no. 10 should be Callum McGregor. The 24-year-old has smashed 4 goals and registered 3 assists so far and is likely to given the chance to start. He would need to open up the defence of the Purple & White with his vision and passes.

Attack

Moussa Dembele is expected to be handed a start ahead of Leigh Griffiths as Dembele would be keen to pile more Champions League goals to his name. To aid the Frenchman up front, we expect the former Liverpool boss to station Patrick Roberts on the right wing and Scott Sinclair on the left wing. The attacking prowess of the wingers would play a key role in dictating the result of the game.

Here is how they might line up:

 

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