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Celtic FC vs Rangers predictions: Celtic FC Line-up

Celtic will lock horns with bitter rivals Rangers at Parkhead as interim manager Neil Lennon hopes to stretch the Hoops’ lead to 13 points.

A victory for Celtic at the weekend will all but end the title race and it’ll be a huge turnaround from the Hoops since the Premiership’s return from the mid-winter break because they have gone from strength to strength.

As far as Rangers are concerned, they will have to win the game on Sunday and Steven Gerrard will go all guns blazing to get a positive result.

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Celtic have received a triple injury boost ahead of the weekend game, with Olivier Ntcham, Dedryck Boyata and Tom Rogic all pictured in training.

Mikael Lustig remains a doubt but Lennon could welcome back young right-back Anthony Ralston.

Meanwhile, Kieran Tierney is working with the Celtic medical team and will be given until the last minute to prove his fitness.

Probable Celtic XI

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Manager: Neil Lennon

Scott Bain (GK)

Bain is their first-choice keeper now, meaning he would be in goal for every league game.

Jeremy Toljan (RB)

Toljan started well but has been exposed a lot defensively due to his tendency to get forward. However, Lennon could stick with him due to Lustig being doubtful.

Dedryck Boyata (CB)

The Belgian is arguably the Hoops’ best central defender and he will start the big clash against Rangers.

dedryck boyata

Kristoffer Ajer (CB)

Even though Benkovic is back available, Ajer has been brilliant at the back alongside Boyata and Lennon will stick with that partnership.

Emilio Izaguirre (LB)

With Tierney a big doubt, Lennon could take the gamble of starting Izaguirre at left-back on Sunday.

Scott Brown (CM)

These are the kind of games the Celtic skipper relishes. Brown will look to dish out a top performance and guide Celtic to a victory over Rangers.

Scott Brown

Callum McGregor (CM)

Partnering Brown in the middle of the park will be McGregor, who has arguably been the club’s best player this season.

Scott Sinclair (LW)

A tricky customer, Sinclair will look to cause all kinds of problems for Rangers right-back James Tavernier at the weekend with his pace and movement off the ball.

Oliver Burke (CAM)

Burke could be handed a withdrawn role – more of a playmaker’s part to release Edouard with incisive passes in the final third.

James Forrest

James Forrest (RW)

Forrest backs his ability to take on defenders and beat them with his raw pace. The Scotsman is a certain starter against Gerrard’s Rangers.

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Odsonne Edouard (ST)

Edouard scored in the victory over Dundee before the international break and will be raring to get on the score-sheet on Sunday as well.

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