Team News – Forrest returns, Hayes starts

JAMES FORREST is back and Jonny Hayes starts against St Johnstone in the 5th Round of the Scottish Cup at Celtic Park this afternoon.

Scott Bain continues in goals, Jerry Toljan continues at right back and Jonny Hayes comes into to the left hand side of the back four, with Emilio Izaguirre missing out after that horror change in midweek.

Jozo Simunovic is partnered by Dedryck Boyata with Kris Ayer dropping to the bench.

In midfield it’s steady as you go with Scott Brown, Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie in the central positions with Scott Sinclair and James Forrest on the flanks, Timo Weah is on the bench.

Oli Burke leads the line and Odsonne Edouard is on the bench and is expected to get some game-time today, with Valencia in mind.

CELTIC- Bain; Toljan, Boyata, Simunovic, Hayes; Brown, McGregor, Christie; Forrest, Sinclair; Burke.
Subs: Gordon, Lustig, Ajer, Bitton, Ntcham, Weah, Edouard

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