Sport Rodgers not changing his preparation ahead of third Motherwell tie

19:36  01 december  2017
19:36  01 december  2017 Source:   Read Sport

Predicted Celtic XI vs Motherwell

  Predicted Celtic XI vs Motherwell Celtic will look bounce back from their midweek defeat in the Champions League and lift the first silverware of the season when they face Motherwell. Brendan Rodgers’ side will look to make it a fourth consecutive domestic trophy triumph and put their 7-1 lost to PSG on Wednesday firmly behind them. Motherwell have won four of their last six games under Stephen Robinson and will look for their first win in nearly two years against Celtic. The two sides advanced to the final with comfortable wins in the semi-final, as the Hoops won 4-2 against Hibernian while Motherwell eased past Rangers with a 2-0 win. When the sides last met just under a year ago, Celtic came from behind to edge out Motherwell in a seven goal thriller at Fir Park. Celtic Mikael Lustig went off injured inside 13 minutes in Paris on Wednesday night and will miss Sunday’s Cup final. Nir Bitton will undergo a late fitness test after picking up a knock in the midweek loss to PSG. Patrick Roberts travelled to Paris and is building up fitness as he recovers from a hamstring injury of his own and could return to the squad on Sunday. Erik Sviatchenko is fully fit but has yet to return to the squad and has fallen down the pecking order behind Nir Bitton in defence. Anthony Ralston remains out with a knee problem that has kept him out of action since the end of September. Motherwell The Steelmen have no injuries going into the game. Youngster Allan Campbell was rested at the weekend and could return to the starting line up having started in nine of his 12 appearances this season.

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Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers says it’s business as usual for him as he prepares his side to face Motherwell for the third consecutive game.

The Sunday Post reports that the Scottish champions will not be using different methods in their preparations, despite it being the third time the two sides meet in the space of a week.

“Of course it is not the norm but there is no more or less preparation. We look at the game, we will do our analysis, we will study what the game was like on Wednesday and reference the game last weekend but really, looking forward to the game on Saturday to get the three points off them.”

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Celtic beat Motherwell in the Scottish League Cup final 2-0 last Sunday with James Forrest and Moussa Dembele scoring the goals to clinch the Hoops’ first trophy of the season.

Predicted Celtic XI vs Motherwell

  Predicted Celtic XI vs Motherwell Ahead of Celtic’s midweek trip to Fir Park to take on Motherwell we at Read Celtic will role-play and predict the starting XI. We will be playing the role of Brendan Rodgers and will be choosing the starting XI, as well as predicting how the team will line-up on the pitch. It also includes a bit of insight into what we expect from each player, and what they can do to make the difference. Wednesday’s game will mark the second meeting between the sides within the next five days. The Hoops clinched yet another piece of silverware after beating the Steelmen2-0 at Hampden on Sunday in the League Cup final. This is the first time Brendan Rodgers’ side will have played at Fir Park since the dramatic encounter back in December 2016, when the champions came back to secure a hard-fought4-3 win. To understand our prediction, you also need to see the latest team news ahead of the game. Here is our predicted eleven in a 4-2-3-1 formation for Wednesday night’s game.

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The two sides met again on Wednesday night, where they played out a 1-1 draw with Scott Sinclair scoring a late penalty to clinch a point for the visitors, maintaining their unbeaten start to the season.

Saturday’s game is at Celtic Park and Rodgers’ men will be hoping to extend their four-point lead at the top of the table.

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Celtic drawn against Zenit in Last 32 of the Europa League .
Celtic will face Football Club Zenit in the Last 32 of the Europa League. The first leg is at Celtic Park on Thursday, February 15th with the return leg away in Russia on Thursday, February 22nd. As an unseeded team, Celtic could have been drawn against any Europa League group winner or any of the four highest ranked sides who fell from the Champions League and in the end, it was Zenit who were pulled out of the pot. Having finished in third place in their Champions League group, Brendan Rodgers’ men earned a place in European competition in the New Year and they’ll already be looking forward to the double header with Celtic’s UEFA Cup run under Martin O’Neill is still spoken of to this day and Hoops fans across the world will be hoping that the current squad are able to emulate that one again under Rodgers.


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