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Predicting the Celtic XI to Play Against Zenit in Russia

Predicting the Celtic XI to Play Against Zenit in Russia

Celtic travel to Russia this week to take on Zenit in the second leg of their Europa League last-32 tie.

And they’ll be hoping to do enough to build on their 1-0 victory from the first leg at Celtic Park last week.

Brendan Rodgers’ men put some insipid performances behind them to record that impressive victory, with Callum McGregor’s winner barely what they deserved from the match.

But now it’ll be a totally different challenge out in Russia – and Rodgers will have a big job on setting up his team to get a positive result.

Here, we predict who could start tomorrow night:

Why Kouassi?

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We think Kouassi Eboue did enough in the first leg to justify getting a spot starting in the second leg. Of course, Charly Musonda was huge, setting up the winning goal after replacing the Ivorian midfielder, but the 1-0 advantage should only see Rodgers become more pragmatic with his approach – and Kouassi’s inclusion lends itself to that. He’s in great form and fully deserves to retain his spot.

Why No Sinclair?

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He didn’t even get off the bench at home last week so that should given an indication of how Rodgers is feeling about his star man just now. There’s no doubt that Sinclair is a must-have in a game where Celtic will have the majority of the ball, but tomorrow won’t be that sort of game and Rodgers should prefer someone with more defensive quality. That’s why McGregor will defend off the left then look to move between the lines when in attack. Expect to see Sinclair off the bench though.

The rest of the team picks itself after last week’s great result. That’s something Celtic fans haven’t been able to expect much so far this season, but that consistency should help in a game that should be tight too.

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