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Predicting the Celtic Starting XI to Face Rangers On Sunday

Predicting the Celtic Starting XI to Face Rangers On Sunday

Celtic travel to Ibrox on Sunday hoping to get a win against Rangers which would strengthen their grip on the Scottish Premiership title.

The Hoops are in the driving seat at the moment with a six-point lead over their rivals as well as a game in hand to play.

But the gap could be down to three at the end of the weekend if they lose to a Gers team, who are in form under Graeme Murty.

As is always the case for Brendan Rodgers, he’s got some selection headaches and it’ll be difficult to call who he goes with on Sunday.

But we’ve taken a shot at predicting the Celtic XI below:

Why 3-5-2?

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Well, it’s sort of a 3-4-1-1, but it could also end up as a 3-5-2 with Odsonne Edouard in from the start. Most significantly, Mikael Lustig’s absence at right back and the lack of an able deputy at the moment should see Rodgers go with a system he’s employed regularly this season.

Why Compper?

Marvin Compper showed up fairly well in his debut against Greenock Morton last weekend and he should keep his place on Sunday. Crucially, he’s a left-footed defender and that’s key in a back three. You’d have to think Rodgers will prefer him over Jack Hendry or an only-just-fit Dedryck Boyata.

Why McGregor?

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Quite simply, he turns up for Celtic against Rangers. He’s got goals against them and, as a boyhood Celt, knows exactly what’s required in the fixture. That’s why he gets the nod over Kouassi Eboue, Tom Rogic or any other midfield option.

Why Edouard?

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While Odsonne Edouard changed the game against Morton last weekend, it’s more his contribution over the last month that has him in the team for us. Moussa Dembele looks like a better player with him in the team and the young Frenchman is finally showing signs of why he came to Celtic so highly rated. Would fully expect he’ll be substituted at some point, but could do enough in 60/70 minutes to justify his inclusion.

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