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Celtic: Predicted XI for Dundee United trip

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League leaders Celtic return to Scottish Premiership action away to Dundee United later today, with Ange Postecoglou’s side hoping to restore their nine-point advantage at the top of the table with victory over Liam Fox’s men.

The Old Firm giants head into that meeting at Tannadice off the back of a thumping 5-0 victory at home to Greenock Morton in the Scottish Cup last weekend, with that emphatic result ensuring that the Parkhead outfit are firmly in the mix on all three domestic fronts.

The Hoops will also be buoyed by their impressive record against the Tangerines so far this season, having run out 9-0 and 4-2 winners, respectively, in their previous two meetings earlier in the campaign.

Looking to secure yet another triumph this time around, here’s how Football FanCast predicts that the Scottish champions will line up:

(4-3-3) – (GK) Hart; (RB) Johnston, (CB) Carter-Vickers, (CB) Kobayashi, (LB) Taylor, (CDM) McGregor, (CM) Mooy, (CM), Hatate; (RW) Abada, (ST) Oh, (LW) Maeda.

The Glasgow side have been handed a major boost for today’s encounter with both Greg Taylor and Cameron Carter-Vickers likely to be in contention after returning to training this week, with the only significant injury absentee set to be that of full-back Anthony Ralston once again.

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With that in mind, we predict that Postecoglou will make four changes from the side that claimed victory a week ago, with the aforementioned defensive duo of Taylor and Carter-Vickers set to be reinstated in the backline, in place of Alexandro Bernabei and Carl Starfelt.

Although the latter man has been a regular fixture in the side of late – with the Swedish machine having previously been described as “immense” by journalist Josh Bunting – there may well be a desire to see the returning Carter-Vickers line up alongside January arrival, Yuki Kobayashi.

As for the midfield, the experienced duo of Callum McGregor and Aaron Mooy – who has been described as a “key contributor” by his manager – could well be joined by Reo Hatate, with Scotland international David Turnbull the man to give way.


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Ahead of that creative trio, Postecoglou may well see the wisdom in handing recent addition Oh Hyeon-gyu a debut outing from the start, with the “hungry” 6 foot 1 asset – as lauded by his new boss – no doubt hoping to make an instant impression for the Bhoys through the middle.

That introduction could allow top scorer Kyogo Furuhashi the chance to earn a well-earned rest, while the dynamic duo of Daizen Maeda and Liel Abada are likely to keep their places on the flanks.

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