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21/12/2022 | 05:15pm
League leaders Celtic are again in motion at house to Livingston within the Scottish Premiership this night, with the Previous Agency giants hoping to re-establish their nine-point benefit on the summit following Rangers’ triumph on Tuesday night.
Ange Postecoglou’s males picked up the place that they had left off previous to the World Cup break after claiming victory over Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Saturday afternoon, with the fit-again Callum McGregor firing in his first league of the season to seal the win late on.
As they put together to tackle David Martindale’s males later immediately, the Scottish champions will little doubt go into the match stuffed with confidence, having run out 3-0 winners when the 2 sides met on the Tony Macaroni Area again in late October.
Forward of tonight’s assembly at Parkhead, right here’s how Soccer FanCast predicts that the hosts will line up…
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Postecoglou has acquired a great addition for that conflict with summer season signing Sead Haksabanovic believed to be match to function as soon as once more, though James McCarthy and Stephen Welsh – who has been linked with an exit of late – are nonetheless out via harm.
With that in thoughts, we predict that the title-winning coach will make simply two adjustments from the facet that edged previous the Dons on the weekend, with the defensive unit more likely to stay the identical as Croatian star Josip Juranovic has been given time without work to get better from his latest worldwide exploits.
There are additionally unlikely to be any notable adjustments in midfield with Matt O’Riley and Reo Hatate set to companion the aforementioned McGregor within the centre of the park as soon as once more, with the one alterations set to lie within the ahead ranks.
It could seemingly be no shock to see Japanese worldwide Daizen Maeda drop to the bench after the 25-year-old was hooked at half-time final day trip, with the diminutive speedster set to get replaced teammate Liel Abada on the suitable flank.
The Israeli worldwide – who has been lauded for his “aggressive” method by his supervisor – notably made an actual distinction after getting into the fray in opposition to Jim Goodwin’s males, having been “glorious” within the phrases of John McGinley.
With the ever-lively Jota set to retain his function on the other facet, the one different tweak may come within the centre-forward berth, with Kyogo Furuhashi doubtlessly set to present means.
Who is that this former Celtic participant?
Whereas the 27-year-old is a “midfielder’s dream“, within the phrases of John Collins, because of his spectacular work ethic, the previous Vissel Kobe ace seems to lack that innovative in assault at occasions, having missed a guilt-edged probability to take the lead in opposition to Aberdeen.
That truth ought to properly see Giorgos Giakoumakis return to the beginning lineup, with the Greek worldwide hoping so as to add to his tally of eight targets up to now this time period.