Celtic has been in fine form this season. Sitting at the top of the table, Brendan Rodgers’ men have a crunch game this weekend against eternal rivals Rangers on Saturday. The Celts walloped their fierce rivals 5:1 in their last meeting in April and will be hoping for more of the same this weekend, as they aim to extend their lead at the top. But that being said, a confident Rangers side is capable of producing a huge upset if Celtic are not careful.
Here’s the predicted 4-2-3-1 lineup from Brendan Rodgers’ men to lineup in the Old Firm derby.
Goalkeeper: Craig Gordon will start in between the sticks for Celtic. The Scottish International has been in great form this season, managing 10 clean sheets in 15 competitive matches this campaign.
Right Back: Brendan Rodgers made quite a lot of changes in their midweek clash against Dundee and resting fullback Anthony Ralston was one of them. The 18-year-old will feature as the right back for the Celts against Rangers.
Center Back(R): Jozo Simunovic will feature in the centre of the defence. The 23-year-old Bosnian will be tasked with stopping the attacking threat from Alfredo Morelos.
Center Back(L): Mikael Lustig has been the defensive mainstay for Celtic this season. The experienced Danish defender could be key in defence.
Left Back: Kieran Tierney has been one of the most impressive youngsters in Scottish Premiership this season. The all-around fullback will be responsible for much of Celtic’s groundwork against the hard-working Rangers outfit.
Central Defensive Midfield(R): Club captain Scott Brown will sit in front of the defence for Celtic. The Scottish veteran midfielder has proved to be the key for the Hoops in their systematic approach from the middle third of the pitch.
Central Defensive Midfield(L): Olivier Ntcham will partner alongside Scott Brown in the middle of the park. The young midfielder has proved himself as an all-rounded midfielder in recent months and he will play a vital role for the visitors.
Right Wing: James Forrest has been an ever-present figure for the Celtic attacking line. The Scot has already notched up seven goals in just 15 games in all competitions this season. Stopping him will be paramount for the Rangers.
Central Attacking Midfield: It will be a tough decision to choose between Stuart Armstrong and Tom Rogic in the attacking midfield position. Both players have played well this season but we expect the latter to start the game ahead of the Australian playmaker.
Left Wing: It’s a no-brainer! Scott Sinclair is one of the most influential players in the Scottish Premiership and has proved to be a very impressive figure in attacker under Brendan Rodgers. His presence will be key as the visitors look to unsettle the opposition defence.
Striker: Celtic number nine Leigh Griffiths will start as the lone striker upfront. The Scottish International has already scored five goals and provided six assists which are enough to spark fear amongst the Rangers’ defenders.
This is how they might line up: