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Giakoumakis To Start? | Predicted 4-3-3 Celtic Lineup To Face Greenock Morton

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Celtic are flying high in the Premiership with a nine-point cushion over Rangers at the top of the league standings. They grabbed a commanding midweek triumph against St Mirren and the streak must continue over the weekend when they host Greenock Morton in the Scottish Cup 4th Round contest.

It should be a stroll in the park for the champions of Scotland and gaffer Ange Postecoglou is likely to rest many of his first-team stars against the Championship outfit. The Ton have a mountain to climb in order to script an upset on Saturday lunchtime.

Predicted 4-3-3 Celtic Lineup To Face Greenock Morton

Defence

Joe Hart has played regularly both in Europe and the Premiership. He was also handed a start in their League Cup semifinal tie versus Kilmarnock, but the experienced custodian should be rested for the upcoming fixture in favour of Benjamin Siegrist.

Alistair Johnston is enjoying a great start to life in Scottish football and the Canada international must keep his place down the right-hand side of the Celts’ ‘back four’. Left fullback Alexandro Bernabei is set to return to the starting XI, however, the Aussie boss would once again allow Cameron Carter-Vickers some breathing space with ample central defensive options in the squad. Yuki Kobayashi was excellent on his debut against the Buddies, and therefore, should feature again in the heart of the backline. Moritz Jenz might be reintegrated ahead of Carl Starfelt.

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Midfield

Aaron Mooy and David Turnbull impressed on Wednesday night after coming on as second-half substitutes. Mooy set it up for the Scotsman who made it 4-0 in the closing minutes and their box-to-box movements, down-the-middle runs and creativity should play a key part in attaining starting status on Saturday afternoon. Callum McGregor could make way for Matt O’Riley who exhibited his expertise as a deep-lying playmaker during the skipper’s injury absence.

Attack

Celtic are blessed with ample attackers who not only offer depth but also bring quality as well as versatility. Kyogo Furuhashi scored a brace against the Saints, but the Japanese ace might be rested in favour of Giorgos Giakoumakis. Although the Greek ‘number 9’ is expected to part ways later this window, Postecoglou considers him a part of the set-up until told otherwise. Sead Haksabanovic might grab a start down the right-hand flank, whereas veteran James Forrest could operate from the left having been rotated so far with Filipe Jota, Daizen Maeda and Liel Abada.

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