Ahead of Celtic’s Scottish Cup tie at home against Brechin City, we at Read Celtic will role-play and predict the starting XI.
We will be playing the role of Brendan Rodgers and will be choosing the starting XI, as well as predicting how the team will 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.
The Hoops return from their three-week winter break and will prepare to host struggling Scottish Championship side Brechin City on Saturday.
Rodgers’ men will be looking to defend their Scottish Cup crown and make it back-to-back treble wins this season.
Darren Dods’ Brechin have find themselves rock bottom of the Championship and have yet to win a one of their 21 games this season.
To understand our prediction, you also need to see the latest team news ahead of the game. Here is our predicted eleven in a 4-2-3-1 formation for Saturday’s 3pm kick-off.
Remains Rodgers’ number one choice in goals.
The long break will hopefully have benefited the Swede and allowed him to rest for the second-half of the season.
The youngster has taken his chances and showcased his natural talent this season. More of the same and he’ll have a first-team spot nailed down within the next few months.
It’s been a year since the Belgian was given a lifeline at the club by Rodgers, so hopefully the centre-back can prove his worth to the team in the next five months or so.
It goes without saying that the full-back is one of the first names on the team sheet every week. The break will have done nothing but help restore his energy. Could cause Brechin a lot of problems down that left-wing.
The Captain is the catalyst of the team and will give his all no matter what the occasion. He more than anyone knows to treat this upcoming game the same as every other.
The Frenchman has been outstanding so far this season, so here’s hoping that continues.
The winger is capable of putting in a shift domestically so there’s a good chance he could get on the scoresheet this weekend.
With Rogic and Armstrong both out injured, McGregor will likely start in behind the striker. He’s more than capable of doing the job as he’s proven before.
Is the club’s top-scorer this season despite not performing quite as well as the last campaign. Hopefully the break has allowed him to regain his strength for the next part of the season too.
There’s been a considerable amount of speculation surrounding the striker’s future, but he remains a Celt. Bagging a goal or two could help him regain his confidence.