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Celtic predicted XI for Scottish Cup semi-final: £5m ace dropped, 29-year-old returns

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Celtic predicted XI for Scottish Cup semi-final: £5m ace dropped, 29-year-old returns

Celtic will look to put their Premiership and Europa League woes behind them as they look to seal a place in the 2019-20 Scottish Cup final on Sunday.

The semi-final against Aberdeen was meant to be played in April after the draw was made in March, but obviously due to the year’s events, it’s been postponed to now.

With a quadruple treble on the line and a chance to stop the rot after four games without a win in all competitions, the stakes are high for the Hoops.

So, who could Neil Lennon look to pick in his starting XI tomorrow?

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Scott Bain performed well against Lille, saving a penalty and making several other smart saves, so we think he’ll get the gloves ahead of £4.5million summer signing Vasilis Barkas.

 

Four at the back has worked relatively well recently, with Diego Laxalt and Jeremie Frimpong shoe-ins for the flanks.

Kristoffer Ajer hobbled off with a groin strain on Thursday night, but on the plus side, Nir Bitton is back, so we predict the 29-year-old will line up alongside Shane Duffy.

Scott Brown and Callum McGregor will most likely be in central midfield, while further up, Tom Rogic was rested against Lille and could return to the XI against a side he loves facing.

Mohamed Elyounoussi is in great form and will probably be in the starting line-up, while up front, star striker Odsonne Edouard could return, with £5million ace Albian Ajeti making way.

Celtic predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Bain; Frimpong, Duffy, Bitton, Laxalt; Brown, McGregor; Christie, Rogic, Elyounoussi; Edouard

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