Celtic must pick the strongest side available for Scottish Cup clash

By John Reid

February 7, 2019

The Celtic side picked by Brendan Rodgers for the upcoming Scottish Cup clash against St Johnstone will be intriguing.

The game falls five days before the Hoops return to Europa League action to face Valencia.

Normally, you would imagine that fans would place more importance on the European game. That might not be the case this season.

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Winning a third consecutive domestic treble would surely trump winning another game or two in Europe. And if we are being honest, it is unlikely that Celtic will defeat Valencia at this moment in time.

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It should also be remembered that last season on a number of occasions Brendan Rodgers made a host of squad changes around European fixtures.

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This resulted in some poor performances and results, such as a 2-2 draw with Hibernian and a 0-0 draw with St Johnstone.

There is no need for the Celtic boss to ring the changes at this moment in time. Celtic are in too good a run of form at the moment. The Hoops have won their last six games in all competitions.

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The Hoops would make what could be a relatively routine match against St Johnstone a lot more difficult than it needs to be if  a host of changes are made.

Picking a shadow team for games around European fixtures was perhaps Brendan Rodgers’ biggest mistake last season. There is no need for him to do it again this season.