Celtic in 2022 according to Football Manager 2017: McGregor and Griffiths remain

 
 
General view of Celtic Park

Celtic go into the 2022/23 season having won the domestic treble in every season since 2016/17.

With so many exciting players at Celtic currently, Hoops fans may be wondering what their team could look like in a few years time. 

To help, HITC Sport has used Football Manager 2017 to predict what Celtic's team could look like in 2022. Alex Neil is now in charge, and the Hoops have won the domestic treble every year leading up to the 2022/23 campaign.

With that in mind, here is a look at the starting XI...

GK: Manuel Riemann

Currently playing for Bochum in the German Second Division, Manuel Reimann joined Celtic for £2.1 million in 2020, replacing Craig Gordon who retired that summer.

RB: Angel Kirov

An FM 2017 regen, Angel Kirov is on loan at Parkhead from Inter Milan, but has done little to impress so far. Mikael Lustig left in the summer of 2022.

CB: Falaye Cisse

Like Kirov, Cisse is a regen player on loan from Sevilla. The current centre-back trio of Erik Sviatchenko, Jozo Simunovic and Dedryck Boyata are all now playing elsewhere.

Brentford's Andreas Bjelland (L) in action with Aston Villa's Ashley WestwoodBrentford's Andreas Bjelland (L)

CB: Andreas Bjelland

The now 34-year-old - who, in real life, currently plays for Brentford - joined the Hoops in 2019. Despite his age, he has made a brilliant start to the 2022/23 season.

LB: Greg Cunningham

In reality, Greg Cunningham is preparing for his first season working under Alex Neil following his appointment at Preston North End. On the game, he arrived for free in 2019. Incredibly, Kieran Tierney has literally disappeared off the game.

Celtic's Callum McGregor celebrates scoring their first goalCeltic's Callum McGregor

CM: Callum McGregor

Callum McGregor showed some positive signs under Brendan Rodgers last season. On the game, he is an important member of Celtic's midfield by the time 2022 rolls around.

CM: Rolando Mandragora

Rolando Mandragora is the Hoops' talisman in 2022, following his £3.4 million move from Atletico Madrid. Atleti even want to bring back the man who, in reality, currently plays for Juventus.

RM: Andrew Sleight

The last regen in the side is Celtic's brightest prospect in 2022. He is wanted by Bournemouth and Newcastle.

General View of Celtic park before the game

LM: Ricardo Horta

Ricardo Horta has never quite realised his potential, and in 2021, he leaves Malaga to join Celtic on a free transfer. He has only scored two goals and contributed four assists during his time with the Bhoys.

AM: Steven Berghuis 

The Watford flop arrived at Celtic for £1.5 million. He contributed 12 assists during his first season.

ST: Leigh Griffiths

Moussa Dembele left for Southampton, meaning that Leigh Griffiths is the main man again. He has started this latest season with six goals in four games. 

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths and team mates celebrate after the matchCeltic's Leigh Griffiths

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