Celtic Predicted XI vs Livingston: Ajeti, Jullien and 3-5-2 all to return

By Hamish Carton

September 17, 2020

Celtic return to Celtic Park this Saturday – as Livingston visit the match being billed as ‘The Forrest Derby”.

Okay, it might only be me calling it that so far. But I’m sure it’ll catch on between now and the 3pm kick-off.

Anyway, the big reward for victory will be our return to top spot in the Premiership – for 24 hours at least.

Celtic celebrate scoring against St Mirren / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Here’s the team we’re backing to do the business – and bring about five league wins in a row.

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Familiarity is the key

Vasilis Barkas will be the man who continues between the sticks.

In front of him we want to see the back three of Shane Duffy, Christopher Jullien and Kristoffer Ajer reinstated. It is key that those three form a close bond over the next few weeks as we enter a crucial run of matches.

At wing-back Jeremie Frimpong and James Forrest could play, just like they did at Ross County last weekend.

Jeremie Frimpong notched Celtic’s second vs Hamilton (Photo by Andrew Milligan/Pool via Getty Images)

Scott Brown and Callum McGregor will play in midfield as usual, while the midweek contribution of Ryan Christie should secure him another start.

Up front, it is important we give Odsonne Edouard and Albian Ajeti more time together. The pair are going to be our main strikers this season, and need to get to know each other’s games, just like the defenders.

Predicted XI: Vasilis Barkas, Shane Duffy, Christopher Jullien, Kristoffer Ajer, Jeremie Frimpong, James Forrest, Scott Brown, Callum McGregor, Ryan Christie, Odsonne Edouard, Albian Ajeti