Ahead of Celtic’s clash with Alloa, we at Read Celtic will role-play (not that kind) and predict the starting XI.
We will be playing the role of Brendan Rodgers, and choosing the starting XI and how the team are expected to line-up on the pitch.
It also includes a bit of insight into what we expect from each player, and what they can do to make the difference.
Celtic’s previous meeting with Alloa in 2002, saw the top division champions win 5-0.
Alloa are currently on an 11 game winning streak in all competitions after being relegated from the second tier last season.
The Hoops have won all four of their previous meetings against the League One side, and will be looking to maintain their winning start to the domestic season.
To understand our prediction you need to also see the latest team news ahead of the game. Here’s our predicted team in a 4-3-3 formation for Wednesday night.
At this stage it’s probably a toss up between Craig Gordon and Leo Fasan at this stage, and I think the youngster should be given a chance in this game.
He’s not had the best start to life at Celtic against Barcelona or Inverness, but Wednesday night is a good chance for Cristian Gamboa to get some confidence into his game and show fans what he can do.
Making his first start since January will likely be Jozo Simunovic after making his return to the field at the weekend.
Alongside him will likely be Erik Sviatchenko and it will give Rodgers the first chance to see his potential centre-back pairing in the future.
At left-back, Emilio Izaguirre should be given a rare start in the Cup to rest Kieran Tierney for the game this weekend and in midweek.
Once again the skipper Scott Brown should take up his familiar role in midfield for Celtic but shouldn’t play any longer than 70 minutes.
With recent performances from central midfielders Stuart Armstrong probably feels hard done by after impressing against Rangers off the bench and should be given a starting berth against Alloa.
Also lining up in midfield will hopefully be Ryan Christie as his chances at the club have been few and far between so far despite being a very talented player.
On the right wing, James Forrest should start after coming off the bench at the weekend and looking lively.
Up front, Moussa Dembele will likely lead the line once again with Leigh Griffiths still not fit enough to start and Nadir Ciftci nowhere to be seen in Celtic’s matchday squads of late.
After five consecutive league goals to start his Celtic career, Scott Sinclair will be looking for another goal in the Cup to further enhance his growing reputation at the club.