Line-ups planned for Celtic: Turnbull starts but no place for Maeda

The Hoops face Ross County at Parkhead as they seek to retain their seven-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

The teams have already met twice this season, with the Scottish champions winning 3-1 and 4-1 respectively.

Angel Postecoglou hopes his players can have a blast before top-flight football comes to a halt for five weeks due to the tournament in Qatar.

And with many people playing well, the manager has a bit of a headache when it comes to selection.

Who will choose the Australian? Our editors have their say…

Sean Martin

As this is the last game before the break, you imagine it’s fair to shout that the rotation won’t be quite at the level it has been recently. Again, this could mean only five changes instead of six…

Whereas Anthony Ralston would deserve a start before heading to Sydney, the weight of Postecoglou’s selection choices so far suggests it will be World Cup-seeking team-mate Josip Juranovic who gets the nod.

At centre-back, Carl Starfelt’s progress to full fitness is likely to be in small steps, so after a full 90 against Motherwell he will make way for Moritz Jenz to start against the team, he made his competitive debut and scored his first Celtic goal against.

Matt O’Riley and Reo Hatate are on a streak of 11 straight starts and I think that extends into a 12th game before the break, with Aaron Mooy giving up the other 8 spots in favor of David Turnbull after some nice under dues lately time.

Up front there’s real, genuine competition to start with, but after Kyogo Furuhashi’s opening seventh goal of the league season and the lavish assist that wasn’t against Well I think him and Jota keep their place.

Sead Haksabanovic, James Forrest and Daizen Maeda can all fight for that last spot (although I think it goes to first).

Sean’s team: Hart; Juranovic, Carter-Vickers, Jenz, Taylor; O’Riley, Hatate, Turnbull; Haksabanovic, Kyogo, Jota.

Celtic Way:

Tony Haggerty

Once again Ange Postecoglou will tackle the task with flying colors before taking his men below for the Sydney Cup series as part of his return tour to Australia.

It is therefore expected that the Celtic boss will present a strong starting XI as the champions look to maintain their seven-point lead at the top and finish this leg of the campaign on a high.

With that in mind, Joe Hart will be between the sticks and Juranovic will be replaced by Ralston. Cameron Carter-Vickers will be deployed in the center of defense alongside Starfelt with Greg Taylor at left.

In midfield, the trio of deep O’Riley alongside Mooy and Hatate will remain in situ.

As for the forwards, Jota will be given the task of coming to terms with his personal disappointment at missing out on selection for Portugal’s World Cup squad on the visitors starting from the left. It’s a challenge the winger will relish. Haksabanovic will be deployed on the right to see if he can add to last weekend’s impressive double against Dundee United.

Meanwhile Kyogo, who has taken his tally to 10 league goals but 11 in total in all competitions in 22 appearances, will be the focal point in the middle as he looks to sign off with a third goal in his three last matches.

Tony’s team: Hart; Ralston, Carter-Vickers, Starfelt, Taylor; O’Riley, Hatate, Mooy; Haksabanovic, Kyogo, Jota.

Aidan Macdonald

The manager will want to maintain consistency given it is the last game before the World Cup break

Therefore, there will be no change for the game against Malky Mackay’s team.

Hart will start in goal, and the back four in front of him will remain the same as Juranovic, Carter-Vickers, Starfelt and Taylor form the back four.

O’Riley will be eighth in the middle of the park, with Hatate and Mooy ahead of him.

Abada will again start on the right side of the front three, Kyogo will be in the middle and Jota will be positioned as a left winger.

Aidan’s team: Hart; Juranovic, Carter-Vickers, Starfelt, Taylor; O’Riley, Hatate, Mooy; Abada, Kyogo, Jota.

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Dora W. Clawson