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Celtic v Dundee United predicted lineups and match preview

Celtic look to forge ahead with their treble plans in the third consecutive meeting between the sides.

To be played on Wednesday 18th March at 19:45. Venue: Celtic Park, Glasgow

Odds: Celtic 1/4, Draw 5/1, Dundee United 10/1

Dundee United have the opportunity to make up for their League Cup final defeat when they visit Celtic in the Scottish Cup replay.

The Bhoys came out 2-0 winners at Hampden Park, and will have to beat the Tangerines if they are to keep their treble hopes alive after getting their first of three proposed trophies.

The third straight meeting between the sides could provide a different affair to the two previous matches, with the first being a physical battle plagued by poor refereeing, and the League Cup final a game which was dominated by Celtic.

Jackie McNamara will welcome Nadir Ciftci back into the side, and the striker may add to any potential fireworks with his off-the-ball antics causing issues with Scott Brown in the original fixture.

Ciftci will likely replace Mario Bilate in the Tangerines attack whilst it will be all change at the back as Sean Dillon and Paul Dixon are both suspended for the game.

If Dundee United can keep 11 men on the pitch it will be the first time they have done so in the three match run against Celtic. And cutting out the reckless challenges will be vital if McNamara’s side hope to progress to the next round and beat Celtic in Glasgow for the first time in 23 years.

The only enforced change for Ronny Deila’s outfit is Stefan Johansen, who is suspended for the Scottish Cup replay. James Forrest could deputise for the Norwegian midfielder with Kris Commons moving into a more central position behind the striker.

Predicted Celtic line-up

Gordon, Ambrose, van Dijk, Denayer, Izaguirre, Biton, Brown, Forrest, Commons, Stokes, Griffiths

Predicted Dundee United line-up

Cierzniak, Souttar, Fojut, Paton, Morris, McGowan, Butcher, Rankin, Connolly, Dow, Ciftci

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