One key player out – Celtic’s possible line-up to play Zenit


Celtic head into the second leg of the Europa league round of 32 with a slender 1-0 advantage. They travel to Russia to face Zenit St. Petersburg in the return leg.

This is a match they have to put out a strong line up similar to what they have in the first leg and Brendan Rodgers have to know how hostile the home fans in Russia can be, so his team has to be at their best on Thursday night. 


Dorus de Vries will continue in goal in this match as he did in the first match and will hope to keep a clean sheet. He has to be able to coordinate his defense line and hope that his attack line gets the job done.


Mikeal Lustig and Eboue Kuossai will both lead the defense line and will also have Jozo Simunovic and Kristoffer Ajer make a back four that should be able to curtail the excesses in which the attack of Zenit might be bringing. The great job they did at Celtic Park last week has to be repeated if they are to progress to the next round of the competition.


Captain, Scott Brown is expected to be the pivot in the middle of the park in the game and he will provide steel in the game. Olivier Ntcham, Kieran Tierney and Callum McGregor, who scored the lone goal in the reverse fixture is expected to start in midfield.


The two man attack line that will be most suitable for this clash is James Forrest and Moussa Dembele. They can hold up play and pounce on any half chances created.