ANGE POSTECOGLOU will call up the big guns for the midday kick-off against Hibs at Easter Road.
The Celtic boss clearly prioritised today’s Premiership confrontation against Shaun Maloney’s side when he pieced together his starting line-up against Bodo/Glimt in Norway on Thursday night.
Missing for the start of the Europa Conference League meeting – with the Hoops trailing 3-1 from the first leg in Glasgow – were skipper Callum McGregor, Josip Juranovic, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Reo Hatate, Liel Abada and Filipe Jota.
All six will almost certainly play in the capital as the Parkhead men aim to steer their way to a tenth title in 11 years.
POINTING THE WAY AHEAD…Filipe Jota celebrates the first of his double in the 3-2 win over Aberdeen at Pittodrie.
Japanese ace Yosuke Ideguchi is also available after missing the loss in the Arctic Circle because he had not been registered with UEFA for the ties in which Postecoglou’s men lost home and away to exit on a disappointing 5-1 aggregate.
However, they have the opportunity to bounce back immediately in the knowledge a victory will put pressure on their nearest challengers who play Motherwell at Ibrox later in the afternoon with a 3pm start.
A win in Leith will push Celtic to a six-point advantage with 10 league games left to play.
Joe Hart, Scott Bain, Josip Juranovic, Anthony Ralston, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Carl Starfelt, Christopher Jullien, Greg Taylor, Liam Scales, Callum McGregor, Tom Rogic, Matt O’Riley, Reo Hatate, Nir Bitton, James McCarthy, Yosuke Ideguchi, Liel Abada, James Forrest, Karamoko Dembele, Giorgos Giakoumakis, Daizen Maeda and Filipe Jota.
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