How will Celtic line up as they host Morton in their Scottish Cup quarter-final tie?
This Saturday, Celtic play host to Greenock Morton in the Scottish Cup quarter-finals. Morton progressed from the fifth round after a convincing 3-0 victory over Dumbarton, while Celtic saw off Partick Thistle 3-2 in a less comfortable affair.
Brendan Rodgers will be without a long list of players as Celtic’s injury woes remain a constant. The likes of Dedryk Boyata, Patrick Roberts, Leigh Griffiths, Stuart Armstrong, Craig Gordon, Jonny Hayes, Marvin Compper and Nir Bitton are all expected to miss the game and will be unavailable for selection.
Mikael Lustig, who received a red card against Aberdeen last time out, will also miss the weekend clash.
In terms of the line-up, Rodgers is expected to opt for his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation as he searches for a dominant performance to take into next week ahead of the highly anticipated trip to Ibrox.
Slip ups in the league are not ideal but can be salvaged by picking up points in later games. However, a loss against Morton on Saturday would end the Bhoys’ dreams of back-to-back trebles, which the players are so desperate to achieve.
Despite a string of unconvincing performances since the injury to Craig Gordon, Dorus De Vries is expected to start in goal once again.
Academy graduate Anthony Ralston should replace the suspended Mikael Lustig at right-back as he looks to stake a claim for the position in the weeks to come. At left-back, the magnificent Kieran Tierney will resume his position, while Jack Hendry could be brought into the side to partner Kristoffer Ajer in the heart of defence.
In midfield, Olivier Ntcham and Scott Brown, who have been two of the club’s most consistent performers this season, should take up their post in the middle of the park, while Tom Rogic is expected to start once again in attacking midfield.
Arguably the country’s standout player this term, James Forrest will line up on the right wing as usual, with Scott Sinclair likely to start on the left.
Moussa Dembele, who netted Celtic’s opener against Aberdeen last weekend, should start up front, completing a strong Celtic XI to ensure progression into the semi-finals.
Here is the 4-2-3-1 predicted side: