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Kyogo To Lead The Line | Predicted 4-3-3 Celtic Lineup To Face St Mirren

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Celtic overcame the Kilmarnock test on Saturday evening to progress to the League Cup final, but the game at Hampden Park sparked many controversies thanks to the irregularities of VAR. The Hoops will be back in action on Wednesday night as they set to host St. Mirren in an intriguing Premiership encounter.

The Buddies grabbed a 2-0 win when these two sides locked horns at Greenhill Road in the reverse fixture. This remains the only defeat the Bhoys have endured so far in their domestic campaign and a battle for revenge could be sensed already ahead of the midweek contest. They must stay sharp high up the pitch and be alert at the other end to avoid a setback against Stephen Robinson’s men.

Predicted 4-3-3 Celtic Lineup To Face St. Mirren

Defence

Joe Hart is the Celtic ‘number 1’ across competitions, and the veteran Englishman would retain his starting status once again ahead of Scott Bain and Benjamin Siegrist.

Kyogo Furuhashi

Right fullback Josip Juranovic was handed a start in the League Cup semifinal, but the in-form Alistair Johnston is expected to return having exhibited his mastery since securing a winter transfer. Juranovic, however, could switch to the left replacing Alexandro Bernabei. Cameron Carter-Vickers and Carl Starfelt should continue as the preferred central defensive pair, whereas Moritz Jenz, Yuki Kobayashi and Stephen Welsh must wait for their opportunities in the heart of the backline. Welsh, along with Anthony Ralston, are back in training shaking off their injury woes, but they continue to be without Greg Taylor who is still nursing his hamstring strain sustained during the Old Firm clash.

Midfield

Skipper Callum McGregor is irreplaceable for his work ethic, vision and ability to pull the strings from deep down the midfield. Veteran Aaron Mooy is enjoying a great run of form with his creative spark and down-the-middle moves, also the pace and flair of Reo Hatate must be utilized to script swift attacking transitions. Matt O’Riley and David Turnbull could be involved as second-half substitutes, but the future looks bleak for both Oliver Abildgaard and James McCarthy who have rarely featured under Ange Postecoglou.

Attack

Kyogo Furuhashi is the undisputed ‘number 9’ amid reports of Georgios Giakoumakis’ potential exit. The gaffer is eyeing a new centre-forward to succeed the latter, but the Japanese hitman must spearhead the attack for the time being given his exquisite scoring streak in Celtic colours. Daizen Maeda and Jota must operate from the flanks which would see Liel Abada, James Forrest and the fit-again Sead Haksabanovic pushing for minutes as ‘super subs’.

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