Celtic prepare for their seventh fixture of the busy festive period as they host Aberdeen on Saturday afternoon.
A convincing 2-0 victory against Hearts at Tynecastle on Wednesday night ensured the Hoops continued on their Premiership winning streak; it’s now nine wins in a row for the champions in the league. Goals from Ryan Christie and Olivier Ntcham sealed another important three points.
Aberdeen have been a mixed bag recently. They’ve won just two of their previous five Premiership games while suffering a disappointing 3-0 loss to Hibs in the capital at the beginning of the month. They remain third in the table, just a point ahead of Motherwell.
The sides last met in October up North, where Neil Lennon’s side cruised to a 4-0 win; all goals coming in the first-half.
The Hoops are unbeaten at home domestically this season and it looks like that run will continue.
Here is our predicted Celtic XI for Saturday’s 3pm kick-off.
GK: Fraser Forster
Should continue his run in the team after securing his tenth clean sheet for the club since returning.
RB: Jeremie Frimpong
Rotation is likely but young Frimpong will likely keep his spot.
CB: Kristoffer Ajer
Our strong centre-back partnership will continue. The pair have got stronger as the season has progressed as they’ve gained a good understanding of each other.
CB: Christopher Jullien
Another key player who should retain his place.
LB: Boli Bolingoli
Could return to the side after missing the midweek action. Hayes has been ruled out with a shoulder injury.
CM: Scott Brown (C)
A player who cannot be displaced, especially in games such as this one.
CM: Callum McGregor
Competition in midfield is strong and healthy, but McGregor is another key player who we rely on given his quality.
RM: James Forrest
Could move back over to his favoured spot on the right-wing as squad rotation may occur.
CAM: Ryan Christie
Has been involved in 28 goals (17 goals + 11 assists) in 30 games this season. Crucial.
LM: Mikey Johnston
Lennon has confirmed the winger is fit, so is there a chance he will start? It may mean Ntcham is dropped, a harsh decision, but it allows for squad rotation over a busy schedule.
ST: Odsonne Edouard
Was unlucky not to bag himself a goal at Tynecastle, but he did show a lot of quality. Likely to start, though if he does he’ll likely not play the full 90 in order to keep him fit for Boxing Day.