Celtic face St Johnstone this evening in the Scottish League Cup and a win would be a major confidence boost.

Having picked up just 10 points from their opening six games, Celtic have suffered their worst start for 20 years.

Lining up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, here is the starting XI we imagine Brendan Rodgers will deploy for tonight’s trip to St Johnstone.


Craig Gordon is likely to retain his spot between the sticks.


Filip Benkovic is in line for a start after Jack Hendry’s poor performance against Kilmarnock. (Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images)

In defence, we expect one change from Rodgers. Mikael Lustig and Kieran Tierney are likely to keep their places on either flank as full-backs.

Dedryck Boyata will probably continue in the heart of defence. But Jack Hendry, who was criticised for Kilmarnock’s late winner on Sunday, could be dropped.

If fit, expect Croatian youngster Filip Benkovic to partner Boyata at the back.

Central midfield

Olivier Ntcham returns from suspension for tonight’s game and he could partner Scott Brown in midfield.

But Rodgers might choose to use Youssouf Mulumbu again and bench Ntcham.

Attacking midfield

Mikey Johnston is likely to lose his place with James Forrest perhaps getting a recall.

Ryan Christie is in line to continue in the number 10 role, while Lewis Morgan might get a start on the left in place of Scott Sinclair.


Odsonne Edouard might get a recall ahead of Leigh Griffiths. (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Rodgers has a tough call to make up front. Does he stick with Leigh Griffiths? The Scotland international is in fine form and might want to continue his good run.

But the alternative is to give Odsonne Edouard a game, hoping the Frenchman has a point to prove.

We think Rodgers will pick Edouard and rest Griffiths for the weekend.

Here is the team we think Celtic will put out.

GK: Craig Gordon

RB: Mikael Lustig

CB: Dedryck Boyata

CB: Filip Benkovic

LB: Kieran Tierney

CM: Scott Brown

CM: Youssouf Mulumbu

RM: James Forrest

CAM: Ryan Christie

LM: Lewis Morgan

ST: Odsonne Edouard

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