Celtic’s performances have been very contrasting in Europe to that in the domestic league. While in the Scottish Premier League they have been nothing but ruthless and dominating, their Champions League adventure has seen them struggle in front of the European powerhouses.
Celtic have won seven and drawn two in the league and remain unbeaten so far this season. However, they opened their Champions League campaign with a heavy defeat drubbing at the hands of Paris Saint Germain.
The French outfit unleashed the likes of Neymar and Mbappe on the Scottish champions and Celtic were handed a 5-0 thrashing on their opening Champions League night. They bounced back in the next match against Anderlecht with a 3-0 win but Brendan Rodger’s men were again found wanting against Bayern Munich and eventually lost 3-0 in the midweek clash. They will, however, look to clinch the third spot and qualify for the knockout stages of the Europa League.
Rogers seems to have conceded the top two spots in the Champions League group table and instead wants to shift his focus on retaining the Scottish League title and winning the domestic Scottish League Cup. It was evident from the team he set up against Bayern in midweek. It was clear that Rogers was not exactly hoping for a win and rather wanted to rest his star players like Rogic and Dembele for the important semi-final clash against Hibernian.
Here is how they will look to line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation:
Craig Gordon is likely to feature in goal for the Hoops again for the Hoops in a match where they will be hoping to pick up all three points. The defensive four for Celtic is likely to be Kieran Tierney at left back with Mikael Lustig moving back to right back. Dedryck Boyata is likely to be partnered with Nir Bitton with the Israeli defensive midfielder playing as a makeshift centre back. Bitton was on the bench for the midweek clash.
The two-man midfield axis is likely to be made of Callum McGregor alongside Celtic’s star midfielder Scott Brown with Olivier Ntcham returning to the bench. The three players in front of them will probably be Scott Sinclair on the left wing, Tom Rogic returning from international duty will play at the centre again replacing Stuart Armstrong who started the midweek clash against Bayern Munich and Patrick Roberts likely to operate on the right flank.
Moussa Dembele is expected to return to the starting eleven to lead the line for the Hoops replacing Leigh Griffiths. Here is how they might line up:
- Inter Milan Ready To Hijack Tottenham Hotspur Star’s China Move: What Lies In His Future? - June 15, 2018
- West Ham United Interested In Former World Cup Winner: Right Man For Pellegrini’s Plans? - June 15, 2018
- Rangers Sign Brighton And Hove Defender After Lengthy Battle: Why Is He The Man Gerrard Needed? - June 12, 2018
more recommended stories
Celtic Eyeing A Summer Swoop For This Long-Term Transfer Target: Why They Must Get This Done
If a report from the Croatian.
Celtic Eyeing A Double Swoop Including This Manchester City Teenager: Why They Must Step Up Interest
If a report from The Sun.
Leeds United In Talks With Celtic Youngster Over Summer Switch: A Massive Coup For The Whites?
According to Phil Hay, as cited.
Celtic Have Joined The Race For This Ligue 1 Attacker: Should The Hoops Intensify Their Interest?
If a report from Football Italia.
Celtic Are Back In The Hunt For This Goalkeeper: His Return Would Resolve A Conundrum For Ange
There’s been rarely any window without.
Celtic Set Their Sights On This Portuguese Fullback: Another Smart Option For The Bhoys?
Amid reports of an array of.
Celtic Identify English League Veteran As Fullback Target: Why The Hoops Must Secure His Services
If a report from the Scottish.
Celtic Confirm The Signing Of This Japanese Sensation: A Player Postecoglou Knows Well
Celtic are ready to go again.
Celtic Closing In On This Ligue 1 Right Fullback: Why Postecoglou Needs To Get This Done
Although it took months to appoint.
Celtic Confirm Signing Of This Highly-Rated Attacker: A Smart Piece of Business From The Bhoys?
Celtic have confirmed on their website.