“Musonda Out, Hendry In” – Three Changes Rodgers Is Likely To Make For Zenit Clash

Celtic haed into the second leg of the Europa League round of 32 with a slender 1-0 advantage. The Hoops travel to Russia to face Zenit St. Petersburg in the return leg.

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


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


At the heart of defense, we should see Rodgers fielding the likes of Kristoffer Ajer and Jack Hendry for his first European test and will also have Tierney and Lustig partnering the duo. They did a great job at Celtic Park holding down the tricking Zenit attack and has to be repeated if they are to progress to the next round of the competition.


Scott Brown is expected to be the pivot in the middle of the park against Zenit and he will provide steel in the game. Olivier Ntcham, Tom Rogic  and Callum McGregor, who scored the winning goal in the first leg is expected to start in midfield.


For the return leg, Rodgers best two man attack line that will be most suitable for this clash would be James Forrest and Moussa Dembele. The duo can hold up play and pounce on any half chances created.

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