Celtic's strongest post-deadline day XI; no room for Armstrong or Rogic

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers watches from the sidelines during the Champions League second round first leg qualifying game between Linfield and Celtic at Windsor Park on July 14, 2017 in...

What is the strongest possible Celtic side now the transfer season is over for a few months?

Celtic Manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on May 27, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Celtic only made one deadline day signing to end the transfer window, but it was a typically impressive one.

Highly-regarded French striker Odsonne Edouard arrived on loan from PSG for the season, becoming the fifth new face at Celtic Park this summer.

Brendan Rodgers has secured strength in depth by adding Edouard to the acquisitions of Jonny Hayes, Kundai Benyu, Olivier Ntcham and Patrick Roberts.

But how many of that quintet would it make into the Northern Irishman’s strongest possible XI now that his transfer business has been concluded until January?

Celtic Strongest XI

The answer is just two. Ntcham was plugged straight into the side after arriving from Manchester City and, apart from being an unused substitute against Kilmarnock, has been an impressive fixture both domestically and in the Champions League.

Fellow former Citizen Roberts is likely to join the Frenchman in Rodgers’ side are returning on loan. The 20-year-old was superb for the Hoops last season, scoring nine goals in 20 league games.

Patrick Roberts of Celtic celebrates after he scores his team's fourth goal  during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Hearts and Celtic at Tynecastle Stadium on April 2, 2017 in...

The Englishman’s arrival means Stuart Armstrong, Hayes, and James Forrest miss out on the right flank, but provide dangerous options from the bench.

Callum McGregor’s fast start to the campaign – which includes three league goals – ensures Tom Rogic is also left out, while Scott Sinclair and Moussa Dembele complete the attacking unit.

The rest of the lineup near enough picks itself, with Erik Sviatchenko and Dedryck Boyata likely to reunite in the heart of defence once both regain fitness.

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