A lot of the talk about Saturday’s Glasgow derby is about players that will miss the game for Celtic. Nir Bitton, Hatem Elhamed and James Forrest will all miss the game. There are doubts over Odsonne Edouard and Ryan Christie due to Covid-19.

However, two players that look set to feature in the game and could play a key role in the match are Shane Duffy and Christopher Jullien.

Duffy came through three games for Ireland unscathed, whilst Jullien has been on the bench for Celtic for the last few games but seems to be fit once more.

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Duo’s goal threat should worry opponents

The main reason the duo will likely start the game is because of their defending prowess. However, their goal threat shouldn’t be underestimated. Indeed, it should intimidate Rangers.

Christopher Jullien scores for Celtic

Christopher Jullien scores for Celtic / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Jullien has scored 34 goals total in his career so far whilst Duffy has 27 goals. 61 goals between them is a good record for centre-backs.

 

The duo should be looking to create havoc in the Rangers box every time Celtic get a set-piece. We have already seen how good the duo can be in the opposition penalty box.

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Hoops pair can score different types of goals

Look at Jullien’s winning goal in the Betfred Cup Final last season. It was a finish a centre-half would be proud of. Duffy’s first goal for Celtic should also be highlighted. He bulldozed his way past defenders and teammates alike to hammer a header into the Ross County net.

Shane Duffy heads home his first Celtic goal

Shane Duffy scores on his Celtic debut / (Photo by Paul Campbell/Getty Images)

Set pieces should be a key weapon for Celtic to use in the derby. Hopefully Callum McGregor, who is likely to take the free-kicks and corners is able to deliver some pinpoint crosses straight onto the heads of Duffy and Jullien.

The last few derbies only had one goal in them. That could well be the case this time as well. Therefore, the Hoops must make the most of every chance that the team gets. Set pieces could define the game. Jullien and Duffy are more than capable of hurting the Ibrox side, and powering Celtic onto victory.

In other news, Anthony Ralston can be a useful squad member for Celtic.

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