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Postecoglou To Make One Change? | Predicted 4-3-3 Celtic Lineup To Face Rangers

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The comeback was not enough for AZ Alkmaar as they got defeated by Celtic on aggregate (3-2) in the Europa League play-off. But a bigger test awaits the Hoops on Sunday lunchtime when they would lock horns with Rangers at Ibrox in the season’s first Old Firm derby.

Although they could not win a single tie last campaign, the coronavirus outbreak in the Gers’ camp has put the Bhoys in the driver’s seat ahead of the weekend contest. Rangers‘ winning streak at home is under serious threat and the upbeat rivals must aim for revenge amid the absence of Steven Gerrard and an array of high-profile names.

Predicted 4-3-3 Celtic Lineup To Face Rangers

Defence

Joe Hart was erroneous between the sticks against AZ but helped Celtic defend a narrow one-goal advantage with a few crucial saves. His presence between the sticks would be crucial in such an electrifying outing.

Despite the availability of Josip Juranovic, gaffer Ange Postecoglou should stick to Anthony Ralston for his immense impact as a right fullback in these early weeks. Stephen Welsh has been headstrong in the heart of the backline, however, the frailty of Carl Starfelt remains a major concern despite arriving with a big reputation from Rubin Kazan. The Hoops have announced the signing of Liam Scales from Shamrock Rovers, but the weekend derby would be too soon for the Irishman. Greg Taylor was forced to leave the pitch on Thursday night with an injury woe and his absence down the left should see teenager Adam Montgomery gaining the most fascinating start of his senior career.

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Kyogo Furuhashi applauds the fans with his team-mates after the Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and St.Mirren at Celtic Park, Glasgow Photo by MB Media PUBLICATIONxINxGERxSUIxAUTxONLY Copyright: xKennyxRamsay,x78xNewarkxStreet,xGreenockxPA16x7TFxRenfrewshire,xScotlandx

Midfield

Callum McGregor is slowly attuning to the Scott Brown role in the middle of the park. He would operate from the deep to orchestrate the show with his vision, passing range and distribution skills, whereas the energetic runs, creative spark and goal-scoring traits of David Turnbull should offer balance and flexibility. Versatile Ryan Christie must get the nod over Tom Rogic due to his high work ethic and mobility in midfield. James McCarthy is back in Scotland after 12 years and his experience in the centre of the pitch might make a difference if the situation demands.

Attack

Kyogo Furuhashi is in stellar form with 7 goals so far in 8 appearances across competitions. He is most prolific as a ‘number 9’, but his versatility should be explored to incorporate hitman Odsonne Edouard in the attacking third. Furuhashi is likely to be deployed from the left if Edouard starts, but the right-wing role has been cemented by Liel Abada with his exquisite technique, footwork and expertise down the wide.

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