Ahead of Celtic’s Scottish Cup fifth round tie against Partick Thistle this weekend, 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.

Brendan Rodgers’ side suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Kilmarnock at Rugby Park last weekend.

The Hoops will know they must bounce back, and a Cup tie at home is the perfect time to do so.

A workmanlike performance in a 5-0 win over Brechin City in the last round was enough for the Celts to secure their place in the fifth round of Scotland’s domestic competition.

The previous meeting between both teams ended in a narrow 2-1 win for the champion at Firhill last month.

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 12:15pm kick-off.

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