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Giakoumakis To Lead The Line? | Predicted 4-3-3 Celtic Lineup To Face Ross County

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High-flying Celtic are aiming for a ‘domestic treble’ under Ange Postecoglou following a commanding midweek victory against Dundee United in the Scottish Cup quarterfinals. They have already conquered the League Cup crown and a three-point cushion in the Premiership standings must be maintained on Saturday afternoon by defeating Ross County at Celtic Park.

Although the Staggies have been impressive of late with three successive wins, the Hoops won both at home as well as Victoria Park when these two sides locked horns in previous meetings. A dramatic injury-time victory helped them shape their campaign back in December and the upbeat Celts are outright favourites to script another triumph.

Predicted 4-3-3 Celtic Lineup To Face Ross County

Defence

Celtic have three senior keepers in their ranks, but the gaffer is relying on Joe Hart across competitions. The veteran custodian should keep his place between the sticks in this weekend fixture.

Josip Juranovic and Anthony Ralston have been rotated down the right and the latter, who fired in a 97th-minute winner at Victoria Park, is expected to get the nod as the right fullback. Greg Taylor has earned reliability down the left, whereas Cameron Carter-Vickers and Carl Starfelt must showcase their resilience in the heart of the defensive line. They are the preferred central defensive pair ahead of Christopher Jullien and Stephen Welsh.

Celtic forward Giorgos Giakoumakis celebrates his goal
DUNDEE, SCOTLAND – MARCH 14: Giorgos Giakoumakis of Celtic celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal during the Scottish Cup Sixth Round match between Dundee United FC and Celtic FC at Tannadice Park on March 14, 2022 in Dundee, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images). The 4th Official uses images provided by the following image agency: Getty Images (https://www.gettyimages.de/) and Imago Images (https://www.imago-images.de/).

Midfield

Celtic have ample options in the middle of the park, particularly after roping in Matt O’Riley, Yosuke Ideguchi and Reo Hatate during the winter window. David Turnbull, sidelined for months with a hamstring injury, has finally returned to full training, but his minutes must be managed carefully to avoid a setback. Skipper Callum McGregor is likely to dictate the tempo from his deep-lying midfield role, also the box-to-box movements of Tom Rogic and Reo Hatate would offer the creative spark from the centre of the pitch. The likes of O’Riley, Ideguchi, James McCarthy and Nir Bitton might get involved at some stage if not handed a starting status.

Attack

Despite Kyogo Furuhashi’s injury, the free-scoring Bhoys have enough alternatives high up the pitch. Filipe Jota and Liel Abada missed the midweek tie due to a knock and illness respectively, but the Celtic duo should be alright to face Ross County. In-form Giorgos Giakoumakis must spearhead the attack and the manager is tipped to rely on James Forrest’s experience down the right-hand flank. Jota might replace Daizen Maeda on the left in order to exhibit his swift footwork, flair and directness.

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