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Predicting the Celtic XI to Start Against Rangers in the Betfred Cup Final

Predicting the Celtic XI to Start Against Rangers in the Betfred Cup Final

Celtic will face Rangers on Sunday hoping to win and hold on to the Betfred Cup trophy they’ve won the last three seasons.

Neil Lennon’s men have been in fine form in this campaign so far, with their only disappointment coming in the Champions League when they were knocked out of qualifying by Cluj.

Sunday’s game is particularly important as it comes against Rangers, who will be determined to end the domestic dominance of their Glasgow rivals.

There’s so much at stake for both teams – but how will Celtic line up for it?

Here, we predict their starting XI for the game:

Why Frimpong?

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With Hatem Abd Elhamed out injured, it’s a straight shootout between Moritz Bauer and Jeremie Frimpong at right back. And based on recent performances, you’d have to back the latter to get the nod. He’s been a big part of Celtic’s strong form over the last two months and he should be trusted in what would be his biggest game of his short career.

Why Hayes?

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Celtic have some injury worries over the left back position, with both Boli Bolingoli and Jonny Hayes struggling. Greg Taylor isn’t an option as he’s Cup-tied. For us, Hayes just gets the nod as he’s played more over the last month while Boli hasn’t at all. In a game with so much pressure and intensity, the Irishman looks better suited than the Belgian.

Why Elyounoussi?

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Simple – he’s one of Celtic’s best players. Since signing from Southampton on loan, the Norwegian attacker has scored seven goals in 12 games, adding three assists too. If Elyounoussi is fit and ready to go, he’s a must-start for Lennon.

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