Sunday’s Old Firm derby will represent the perfect chance for interim Celtic boss John Kennedy to stake his claim.

The Hoops are currently on the lookout for a new manager and if the coach excels this weekend, it could just give him a helping hand in his bid to land the gig permanently.

A win over Rangers will do both him and the club the world of good. After all, this has been a torrid campaign for the Bhoys.

Celtic are no longer Scottish champions and head into this game with little to play for. As a result, what kind of XI will Kennedy go with?

Here is the XI that we’re predicting Kennedy to select on Sunday afternoon. It’s a side that sees three changes from the team that drew 0-0 with Dundee United last time out.

There are plenty of changes in midfield where Scott Brown and Ryan Christie are both dropped.

Brown was disappointing last time out, failing to control the tempo of the game and being swamped in midfield. He completed just 77% of his passes and conceded possession 15 times.

The skipper was dropped to the bench during the last Old Firm derby and we think the same decision should be made here. Thus, Ismaila Soro comes into the team to partner Callum McGregor.

There are two further changes in the wide areas where Mohamed Elyounoussi and Ryan Christie drop out.

Christie has been particularly abject of late with the £8,000-per-week forward scoring only two goals in his last 25 outings. With James Forrest finally back from injury, this feels like the perfect chance to unleash him instead.

Tom Rogic also gets a run out with Elyounoussi disappointing in recent months. He hasn’t scored in his last ten matches and flattered to deceive against Dundee United, firing four efforts off target.

Against a ruthless Rangers side, Kennedy will need his players to take all the opportunities they get; something that doesn’t often happen with the Norwegian and Christie in the team.

AND in other news, 0 starts under Kennedy: Celtic must unleash £11k-p/w beast with “explosive power”…


Source: Football – Football Fan Cast