Celtic’s domestic performances have been very contrasting to their European form this season. 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 ten and drawn three in the league and remain unbeaten. However, as one might recall, they opened their Champions League campaign with a heavy 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. In the return leg against Bayern Munich, they put up a much better fight but ultimately lost 2-1 on the night. They will, however, look to clinch the third spot and qualify for the knockout stages of the Europa League.
Rodgers seems to have conceded the top two spots in the Champions League group table and instead wants to shift his focus to retaining the Scottish League title and winning the domestic Scottish League Cup. In the match against Bayern in the first leg, it was clear that Rodgers 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.
With Patrick Roberts still out injured, here is how they will look to line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Celtic Predicted 4-2-3-1 Line-Up Vs Paris Saint Germain
Craig Gordon is likely to feature in goal for the Hoops again in a match where they will be hoping to avoid a hammering. The defensive four for Celtic is likely to be Kieran Tierney at left back with Mikael Lustig most likely to play at right back. Dedryck Boyata is likely to be partnered at centre back with Nir Bitton, the Israeli defensive midfielder playing as a makeshift centre back.
The two-man midfield axis is likely to be made of Callum McGregor alongside Celtic’s star midfielder Scott Brown with Olivier Ntcham sitting on the bench. The three players in front of them will probably be Scott Sinclair on the left wing, Tom Rogic returning at the centre and James Forrest likely to operate on the right flank in place of the injured Patrick Roberts.
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