John Kennedy is set to take charge of his first game on the road this Sunday as Celtic face off against Dundee Utd.
The Hoops’ interim boss got off to a winning start last weekend as his side saw out a 1-0 win over Aberdeen, although a decent first half outing wasn’t matched by the same tempo in the second half.
Next up is Micky Mellon’s Dundee United, who know that a win this weekend would give them a good chance of finishing in the top six. A 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock recently saw them remain eighth in the league table, four points behind sixth-placed St. Mirren with a game in hand.
They will be no pushovers, which is why it is important that Celtic put in a good all-round performance; they have been hard to come by this season.
With the league all but gone, I think an entertaining display topped with a convincing scoreline is all Hoops supporters want now.
Here is our predicted XI.
GK: Scott Bain
Will retain his place. A good performance last weekend was rewarded with a clean sheet.
RB: Jonjoe Kenny
Looks set to start his eighth straight game since arriving on loan.
CB: Kristoffer Ajer
CB: Stephen Welsh
Will slot in once more beside the Norwegian.
LB: Diego Laxalt
With Greg Taylor still sidelined, the Uruguayan will retain his place.
CDM: Scott Brown (C)
Could be either Brown or Soro on Sunday, to be honest. I think Kennedy will opt for the captain in order to deal with United’s press.
LCM: Callum McGregor
Has played in every league game this season, racking up a total of 2,768 minutes.
RCM: Ryan Christie
Can’t see Kennedy dropping him for the likes of Rogic.
CAM: David Turnbull
Our golden boy can hopefully shine again.
ST: Odsonne Edouard
A worthy February Player of the Month winner.
His deflected effort proved the winner last weekend, extending his lead as Premiership top scorer to 16 goals.
ST: Leigh Griffiths
The discussion as to who should partner Edouard is ongoing. Ajeti and Klimala are options, but Griffiths has proven before that he can score goals. He hasn’t started a game in two months, but there’s a real chance Kennedy will bring him back into the fold to try and break Dundee United’s defence.