Celtic suffered a shock loss to Kilmarnock in their previous Scottish Premier League game despite being a goal ahead. They currently lie at 6th position on the table and would be raring to get back to winning ways against next opponents Aberdeen.
The Hoops will leave no stone unturned in their next game and that includes picking their best eleven. Winning against the side that finished runners-up last season would do Brendan Rodgers’ side a whole lot of good.
Apart from Jozo Simunovic and Kristoffer Ajer who was substituted before half-time in the 1-0 win against St. Johnstone the entire squad is available at Rodgers’ disposal. Celtic’s predicted lineup –
Craig Gordon was given a rest midweek but is expected to stake his claim as the Hoops’ number 1 against Aberdeen.
Filip Benkovic, the loanee from Leicester City has impressed in the games that he’s played and with two centre-backs injured, is most likely to make a starting appearance.
Dedryk Boyata received a red in the Scottish Cup game but is allowed to play in the league and hence will be occupying the second centre-half spot. Kieran Tierney and Mikael Lustig will take back their roles as full backs.
Olivier Ntcham had to miss the last league game against Kilmarnock due to suspension but will regain his spot in the centre of the field against Aberdeen. He didn’t play to the best of his abilities against the Saints but the Bhoys will be hoping that the talented midfielder justifies talents in this game. Scott Brown will be paired with Ntcham.
Callum McGregor is expected to start on the left wing with James Forrest occupying the attacking role on the right wing. Australian Tom Rogic is expected to play the number 10 role.
The attack is most likely to be led by Leigh Griffiths. The experienced striker has scored some crucial goals in recent games and would, therefore, be high on confidence which is very important for Celtic in this game.