An unlikely frontline, Ange hero returns: Celtic Predicted XI vs Ross County

By Hamish Carton

December 15, 2021

Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic go for a sixth straight league win this evening when they take on Ross County in Dingwall.

The Hoops’ attacking injury troubles have been well documented in recent weeks, with Ange’s men having to find new ways to win games.

Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Jota, James Forrest, Kyogo, Albian Ajeti and Giorgos Giakoumakis will all miss tonight’s clash, while there are also doubts over the fitness of Mikey Johnston.

So it’s fair to say we may see a re-jigged frontline for the trip to the side who are currently 11th in the Premiership table.

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Celtic Predicted XI vs Ross County

We’re expecting to see five members of the Celtic ‘back four’ start this evening. It’ll make sense in a minute I promise.

Joe Hart will be between the sticks looking for a fourth straight clean sheet.

In front of him, we think Ange will go with Anthony Ralston, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Carl Starfelt and Greg Taylor.

Ralston has been a hero for Ange already this season, so it would be great to see him back in the starting line-up for the first time since Hearts.

We’re (Hamish mainly) tipping James McCarthy to stake a claim for a cup final place, with Tom Rogic and Callum McGregor in front.

Then things get interesting, with a very unlikely frontline that takes a bit of believing.

Full-back Josip Juranovic on the right (where he finished against Motherwell), Liel Abada on the opposite left-side and midfielder David Turnbull as a false nine.

Ange could spring a surprise, with someone like Owen Moffat getting the nod.

But he does tend to prefer trusted players playing out of position than bringing in newbies to the side.

The team will be out for 6:30, with kick-off at 7:45.

In other news, Celtic have found out who will lead Hibernian for Sunday’s Cup Final at Hampden