Following three consecutive Premiership victories and clean sheets, it’s unlikely Steven Gerrard will make many alterations to his team for Sunday’s trip to Parkhead.
In our Predicted XI, we’ve gone for just the two.
Alfredo Morelos for Jermain Defoe is the first. The Colombian proved to be the match-winner off the bench on Boxing Day, but there’s no chance of him missing this one.
The other player who should come back in is Steven Davis.
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The Northern Ireland skipper is fit again following a calf injury which has seen him miss much of December.
Picked up courtesy of a poor challenge from Aberdeen’s Sam Cosgrove, the veteran missed the League Cup final, and only returned to the squad against Killie on Boxing Day.
He got just 12 minutes off the bench in the 1-0 win which isn’t ideal preparation. Yet, Gerrard simply can’t afford to leave a player of his calibre out of the side for such a huge fixture.
Sunday’s game could well prove season-defining for the Gers, and with the winter break set to follow, it’s a case of throwing everything into the quest for a positive result.
£1.8m-rated Davis [Transfermarkt] has more experience than any other outfield player at the club and knows what it takes to win at Celtic.
As usual, control of the midfield is set to be a key factor, and his passing range and assuredness on the ball would give the Gers the best chance of getting a foothold in the game.
A big decision awaits Gerrard in terms of who to leave out. The ever-impressive Ryan Jack will play, so it’s between Glen Kamara or a rejuvenated Scott Arfield as to who makes way.
Someone is going to be disappointed, but the return of this diminutive maestro is for the greater good.