Celtic vs Brechin: Team news and predicted line-up as Hoops look to start strong

Celtic face Brechin City in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup on Saturday. The Bhoys manager Brendan Rodgers is expected to make some changes in his lineup as the Scottish champions play host to second-tier outfit Brechin City at Celtic Park.

Celtic face Brechin in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup, with the former Liverpool and Swansea City boss desperate to avoid any further injuries to his player to maintain his perfect trophy haul thus far.

However, the Northern Irish boss is expected to make changes to give some fringe players and youngsters a chance, while elsewhere he is likely to be forced into making alterations to his side due to a number of injuries.

Celtic new signing Marvin Compper has been ruled out, which sees the club become very light in defence with Erik Sviatchenko joining former side FC Midtjylland on loan this month. Also according to reports, Anthony Ralston is also sidelined.

Patrick Roberts is nearing a return to fitness after he took part in training while in Dubai, but he is not expected to be risked against lower sides while summer signing Jonny Hayes is definitely out with a broken leg.

It sees Rodgers having selection headache, and he is likely to field an almost unrecognisable Celtic side that will still be more than capable of dismantling Brechin.

Youngsters Calvin Miller, Jack Aitchison and Mikey Johnston are all expected to start, while fringe players Nir Bitton, Cristian Gamboa and £3million man Kouassi Eboue are all expected to be involved.

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