Chris Sutton has been going through the Celtic team in his RecordSport column and asking the question Ange needs to find an answer to – what is Celtic’s best starting XI.

The Australian hasn’t had the luxury of finding out so far because of the magnitude of injuries he’s had to deal with. We might have had players on the bench at times but let’s be honest, the manager was running with eleven players for a good chunk of the games so far.

James Forrest has been injured for the most part of a year.

There were no game changers sitting behind Ange and nobody he felt who was ready to step up.

Chris Sutton discusses the Celtic team and has toured two major returns who could make a massive difference to the Hoops.

‘James Forrest should be available soon, so it will be interesting to see where he fits in to the side. He’s been a club stalwart for years and he’s been a huge miss over the last year or so.

‘But Liel Abada has been doing well on the right side and it looks like Jota will be the man for the other flank.

‘We know Kyogo Furuhashi will be the main man up front but it’s now time for Giorgos Giakoumakis to make an impression. He’s had two weeks at Lennoxtown to get up to speed but now it will be about match sharpness. The good thing for him is there are plenty of games coming thick and fast to achieve it.

‘Christopher Jullien might not be far off a return but in the meantime, it looks like Postecoglou has settled on his central defensive partnership with Carl Starfelt and Cameron Carter-Vickers. However, questions remain in the full-back positions.’

Jullien and Forrest coming back into the fold sooner rather than later would give the squad much needed depth and talent.

Christopher’s presence in the air at both ends of the pitch has been missed for nearly a year. James directness and experience at winning games also can’t be underestimated.

Celtic have seven games in 21 days before the next international break. Sutton gets it right when he says it might not be the making of Celtic but a bad run will be the breaking of this side and their hopes of major silverware.


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