4-3-3: Predicted Celtic line-up for Scottish Premiership opener

Celtic's Kieran Tierney celebrates winning the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership at the end of the game

Celtic face Hearts in their opening Scottish Premiership fixture.

Celtic kick off their defence of their Scottish Premiership crown with a trip to a difficult Hearts side who will be hoping they can also be in the mix for the league title come the end of the season.

The Hoops began life under Brendan Rodgers in quite disappointing fashion, losing 1-0 to Gibraltan side Lincoln Red Imps in a defeat many labelled as one of the club’s most embarrassing in years.

Celtic - Brendan Rodgers Press Conference

However, results and performances since then have improved, with a two-legged victory over Astana in the next round of the Champions League qualifying coupled with positive friendly results against Wolfsburg and Leicester City.

Celtic head into their league campaign in good shape and with plenty of options, yet Rodgers may wish to keep a consistent line-up and look to make few changes from the team which beat Astana in midweek.

New signing Kolo Toure is expected to be fit to start and his experience at the back could see him come in for Eoghan O’Connell, despite the youngster enjoying a fine game against the Kazakhstan side.

Kieran Tierney celebrates scoring the first goal for Celtic

Rodgers has deployed a 3-5-2 system in pre-season, notably in the 3-1 defeat to Barcelona, but it appears his most settled formation is a 4-3-3 and he has the players at his disposal to play that way.

With Scott Brown holding in midfield and providing a shield for the defence, Callum McGregor and Stuart Armstrong are likely partners through the middle as they offer plenty of energy and bite.

Celtic's Scott Brown

Leigh Griffiths will no doubt lead the line for the Hoops, and then that leaves Rodgers with a big decision to make in regards to his wide players and in particular Moussa Dembele.

The recent signing from Fulham made and scored the winning penalty against Astana, and his contribution could see him come in for James Forrest in what will be a tricky tie at Tynecastle.

Celtic's Moussa Dembele celebrates after scoring their second goal from the penalty spot

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