The Hoops will be facing Tommy Wright’s St. Johnstone for the third time in 19 days this Sunday afternoon. though this time the sides will battle it out for a place in the Scottish Cup Quarter-Finals at Celtic Park
A 2-0 win last weekend was enough to see the champions remain top of the table, with loanee Timothy Weah putting in a Man of the Match performance, getting a goal and an assist.
It means Rodgers’ side have scored 11 times without conceding against this weekend’s opponents in all competitions this season.
After losing 2-1 away to Hamilton Accies last weekend, The Saints have now lost four games on the bounce; their longest winless streak since September.
Rodgers has important decisions to make given key players are sidelined with injury (including Tom Rogic, Filip Benkovic and Olivier Ntcham), and a potential goalkeeper dilemma between in-form Scott Bain and veteran Craig Gordon.
Here is my Celtic predicted XI for Sunday’s Scottish Cup tie:
GK: Craig Gordon
As Bain has started every game so far this year, I think Rodgers will opt for Gordon in the Scottish Cup.
RB: Jeremy Toljan
The Dortmund loanee proved a good asset on Wednesday night and deserves a run of games to prove his talent.
LW: Scott Sinclair
Rodgers will likely go with experience over youth on the wing this Sunday. He knows Sinclair can provide exactly what is asked of him.
CB: Kristoffer Ajer
Should come back into the side to prove his value.
CB: Dedryck Boyata
Returned to action on Wednesday after a brief injury spell. Unlikely to be sidelined now that he is fit.
LB: Jonny Hayes
Shortages at left-back means Irishman Hayes will likely have to fill in at left-back on Sunday.
CM: Scott Brown
After an amazing performance against Hibs in midweek, the skipper will likely retain his place in the starting lineup.
CM: Nir Bitton
Could be set to make his first start in nine months after his knee injury. Came off the bench against Hibs for the last 15 minutes.
CM: Ewan Henderson
A wildcard pick. Could the Cup aspect mean the young Scot comes into play from the start? Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie have both played a lot of football this season and will benefit from a rest.
RW: Oliver Burke
Bagged his third goal for the Hoops on Wednesday night. Has enjoyed a superb start to life in Glasgow and deserves to continue showcasing his talent.
ST: Timothy Weah
Has had a great influence since joining on-loan. Bagged five in six games (like Burke). His seventh game could prove to be a lucky one…
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