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[Image] Predicted 4-2-3-1 Celtic XI to face Kilmarnock – Can the Hoops make it two wins in two?

Celtic won their 9th league title in a row last season (Getty Images)
Celtic won their 9th league title in a row last season (Getty Images)

Celtic Predicted XI to face Kilmarnock in the Premiership

Celtic travel to Rugby Park as they take on Alex Dyer’s Kilmarnock side in the second round of the Scottish Premiership.

Neil Lennon’s men started off their title defence with a bang, scoring 5 past Hamilton and should be able to continue with the same form on Sunday. They will look to make it two wins in two games and keep their momentum going.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon (Getty Images)
Celtic boss Neil Lennon (Getty Images)

On the other hand, the Killies would be hoping to salvage a point from the games as they narrowly lost 2-1 to Hibernians in the last outing.

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Winger Mikey Johnston is set to remain on the sidelines after undergoing a calf surgery. Ivorian Vakoun Issouf Bayo will also be absent on Sunday after picking up a hamstring injury in pre-season.

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Scott Bain (GK)

The Scottish international is expected to retain his spot as Vasilis Barkas just arrived at Celtic Park and will need time to settle.

Jeremie Frimpong (RB)

The Dutch teenager was in sensational form in the last outing. He played a key role at both ends of the pitch and will need to continue with the same form on Sunday.

Jeremie Frimpong was at his best in the last outing against Hamilton (Getty Images)
Jeremie Frimpong was at his best in the last outing against Hamilton (Getty Images)

Kristoff Ajer (CB)

The Norwegian has firmly established himself as a key man at the heart of the Hoops defence. He is an undoubted starter and will have to do better than what he did against Hamilton.

Christopher Jullien (CB)

The 27-year-old was at fault for the only goal Celtic conceded in the last outing. However, he has been rock-solid at the back and will partner Ajer in central defence.

Greg Taylor (LB)

The former Killies’ man has slowly started to integrate himself into the squad. He provided two assists in the last outing but had some defensive lapses. He needs to be at his best against his former side.

Scott Brown (CM)

The 35-year-old’s experience will be key in this fixture. He has been ever-present for the Hoops in midfield and will be leading the team.

Scott Brown will be leading his team against Kilmarnock (Getty Images)
Scott Brown will be leading his team against Kilmarnock (Getty Images)

Callum McGregor (CM)

McGregor will be playing in a deeper position as he usually does. He will be key in breaking Kilmarnock’s attacks and should be able to help in defence also.

Ryan Christie (AM)

He will be their leader in the creative department. After an impressive 2019/20 campaign, Christie got off the mark in the new season with an assist last week. He will be expected to create a lot of opportunities for his forwards.

Mohamed Elyounoussi (LW)

The Southampton loanee did not have the best of games against Hamilton. He should be able to contribute adequately to their attack.

Mohamed Elyounoussi is on loan from Southampton (Getty Images)
Mohamed Elyounoussi is on loan from Southampton (Getty Images)

James Forrest (RW)

The Scotsman will retain his spot and will be expected to put in a lot of crosses for the strikers.

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Odsonne Edouard (ST)

A lethal striker, Edouard got off to a brilliant start in the new campaign with a hat-trick in the first game. He will be leading the line and should be able to score a few more on Sunday.

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