In a surprising turn of events, Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has opted for an experimental starting XI for the final away game of the season against Hibernian. Despite expectations that he would field his first-choice team, Postecoglou has made some intriguing changes, giving some fringe players a chance to shine.

Scott Bain, who has been largely a spectator this season, has been handed his first start in goal. This unexpected decision by Postecoglou offers Bain a rare outing between the sticks.

In another interesting move, Iwata, deployed in defence against St Mirren on Saturday, has been shifted back into the midfield.

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However, the most notable change is on the bench, where Celtic’s star man Kyogo finds himself alongside Maeda and Jota. This decision to rest key players suggests that Postecoglou is not only looking to give others a chance but also manage the workload of his star performers.

While some may question the wisdom of such an experimental lineup, Ange clearly sees value in giving some of the fringe players a chance to shine.

The league is won and with a Cup final around the corner, some of his top stars are being wrapped in cotton wool!



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