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4-2-3-1 Predicted Celtic FC Lineup Vs Hearts: Dembele To Return To The Starting XI?

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Bishwaraj Bhattacharyya
Former athlete. Now a journalist hoping to cover football no matter the league or country.

Celtic will be taking on Hearts for their Scottish Premiership tie at Tynecastle Park this Sunday. The Hoops have already been crowned champions for the season and both sides have pretty little to play for other than bragging rights going into the next campaign.

Hearts certainly can hold Brendan Rodgers’ men hostage by securing their second triumph over the visitors. They had earlier inflicted a lot of pain on the Celtic fans after defeating them by 4 goals to nil in December. It was also Rodgers’ first domestic defeat as the boss of the Glasgow-based outfit.

However, almost nobody is expecting the story to repeat itself this weekend. The Hoops are high on spirits after beating their bitter rivals, Rangers FC by 5 goals. They absolutely demolished the Gers within the span of the 90 minutes to grab a hold of their seventh consecutive league title.

A brace from Odsonne Edouard and a calm finish from James Forrest gave the Bhoys a comfortable half-time lead.

Tom Rogic and Callum McGregor ended the contest in the second half and confirmed their dominance at the domestic stage.

Rangers goalkeeper Jak Alnwick made three excellent second-half saves for his side who were absolutely run over. The victory also left the Hoops on the edge of a historic achievement in the Scottish top-flight.

If they manage to beat Motherwell in the Scottish Cup Final, Celtic will be the first team to have registered consecutive treble winning seasons. Maybe Rodgers will already be resting his players for the much-anticipated fixture on the 19th.

Here is how the Celts might lineup on gameday.

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Defence

Craig Gordon looks fit and healthy and back to his usual ways. He should find himself in between the sticks with Scott Bain kept on the bench as the backup.

The 35-year-old has picked up a remarkable tally of 13 clean sheets in his 26 league appearances.

20-year-old, Kristoffer Ajer is expected to continue in the centre-back role alongside Dedryck Boyata.

Kieran Tierney might start on left-back with Mikael Lustig fielded on the right.

Midfield

Scott Brown and Olivier Ntcham are the predicted starters in the holding midfield roles.

Tom Rogic to appear in front of the duo as the creative head.

The flanks might get filled by Charly Musonda and James Forrest, the former on the left.

Read More: 3 Replacements For Celtic’s Influential Midfielder Including The Fulham Captain!

Attack

Moussa Dembele’s return is anticipated for the starting squad. He could start ahead of Odsonne Edouard in the lone striker role.

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