Talking Tactics: How Celtic can ensure an easy to start to yet another title defence

Talking Tactics: How Celtic can ensure an easy to start to yet another title defence

Celtic were unstoppable domestically last season as they secured the treble with ease. But, with bitter rivals Rangers making all the moves on the transfer front, it could be a completely different story this time around.

The Hoops haven’t exactly had the most exciting of transfer windows as they seem pretty satisfied to begin the domestic season with an extremely similar squad. Although, supporters won’t be too fussed as they enjoyed arguably their best campaign under Brendan Rodgers last time around.

Celtic face Livingstone on the opening day of the Scottish Premiership season at Parkhead. The Lions will be desperate to cause an upset against the big guns, so the Hoops may be up against it.

So, having taken Rodgers’ selections from Celtic’s European games into consideration, we’ve come up with a team that we think the Northern Irishman could line up with against Livingstone.

Look below to see the entire potential team in FULL…


We’ve gone with a 4-3-2-1 formation, as that is the formation that Rodgers has looked to make use of in European matches so far this season. The Hoops often get crosses into the box for the striker to feed off, while the central midfielders make the most of space in the final third to get shots off.

Brendan Rodgers has put his faith in Craig Gordon in recent times and that looks set to continue against Livingstone.

In defence, the Hoops will give a starting place to Cristian Gamboa who impressed at the World Cup, while hot prospect Kieran Tierney will line up on the opposite flank. Meanwhile, Kristoffer Ajer and Jack Hendry will be hoping to strengthen their partnership at the heart of the defence.

Veteran Scott Brown will sit in front of the defence to bark his orders and snuff out any attacks, with Olivier Ntcham and Callum McGregor operating in slightly more advanced areas.

Scott Sinclair should be given the nod after starting in their last game in Europe as he offers the pace that’s sometimes lacking. Also, James Forrest will be a nuisance on the other side of the pitch, with his pace, crossing ability and eye for goal causing all sorts of problems.

Lastly, summer signing Odsonne Edouard will lead the line for Celtic having already shown his goalscoring qualities in Europe this season.

Celtic fans – Thoughts? 

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