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Celtic have Leigh Griffiths and Jozo Simunovic available

Celtic have Leigh Griffiths and Jozo Simunovic available

Celtic will begin their Scottish Premiership title defence against newly-promoted Livingston on Saturday afternoon.

The Bhoys, who have won the championship seven times in a row since the 2011/12 season, are coming off back-to-back domestic trebles and will be looking to assert themselves from the off once again.

Brendan Rodgers’ side will know that Rangers will be challenging them for much of the campaign, following Steven Gerrard’s arrival and subsequent overhaul of the Old Firm rivals.

Livingston should be an opponent that the Hoops will feel comfortable despatching, especially with the return of two key players to the first-team.

According to the club’s official website, Celtic will welcome Leigh Griffiths back to the squad as he recovers in time for the opener.

The Scotland international has recently been on the sidelines with an injury, however, he will make a timely return for the Bhoys as Moussa Dembele has been ruled out with a hamstring problem.

Jozo Simunovic will also be able to return to the fold after he had to sit out their win against Rosenborg in the Champions League with a suspension handed down to him by UEFA.

Dedryck Boyata, Marvin Compper and Lewis Morgan all remain unavailable for the game with Livingston.

The Verdict:

Celtic will be pleased to have the pair back for their home clash with Livingston at Celtic Park on Saturday.

Griffiths’ return will be an added boost to the side with Dembele’s latest setback, however, he is likely to start on the bench with Odsonne Edouard likely to lead the line.

Again, Simunovic’s availability will also delight Rodgers as his squad is looking a little thin at the centre-back position and the Bosnia and Herzegovina international will provide some experience at the back.

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