Celtic Team News: Burke starts up top, Ralston and Izzy play

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EARLY Celtic team news for today’s match against Airdrie…we’ve given you a heads up for some previous games and have only ever got one player wrong (Bain played at St Johnstone rather than Gordon), so hopefully this is the correct team for today’s Scottish Cup match.

The Celtic Star understands that The Celtic team today will be as follows…

Craig Gordon will be in goals, so Brendan Rodgers has not opted to use Scott Bain for the Scottish Cup campaign as happened in the Betfred Cup.

The full-backs will be Anthony Ralston and Emilio Izaguirre and in central defence Dedryck Boyata partners Filip Benkovic – who has recovered from the injury he sustained at Pittodrie on Boxing Day.

Is Mikael Lustig injured or has Ralston simply earned his place in the team?

Skipper Scott Brown will play in midfield beside Callum McGregor with Ryan Christie further forward, covering the Tom Rogic role.

Width will come from the usual suspects, James Forrest on the right and Scotty Sinclair on the left and Oliver Burke will play through the middle.

Kieran Tierney remains sidelined and there’s no place for either Odsonne Edouard, who is also struggling with an injury problem, or Olivier Ntcham, who is the subject of renewed interest from Porto.

Mikey Johnston and Timothy Weah will be on the bench and both will be hoping to get on at some stage.

So the Celtic team today is expected to be…

Gordon
Ralston
Izaguirre
Boyata
Benkovic
Brown (Captain)
McGregor
Christie
Forrest
Burke
Sinclair

Kick-off is at 5.15pm – see you there!

COYBIG!

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