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Pick And Share Your Celtic XI For Hamilton Clash

 • by Sam McGuire
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Odsonne Édouard could make his debut for Celtic in Friday’s Scottish Premier League match away to Hamilton Academical.

The 19-year-old Frenchman could take the place of Leigh Griffiths who, despite declaring himself to be fit after picking up a knock while on international duty, may be rested with the upcoming Champions League game against Paris Saint-Germain firmly in the mind of manager Brendan Rodgers

The Bhoys, however, are likely to name a strong XI where possible as they look to get back to winning ways. A 1-1 draw with St. Johnstone wasn’t the best result heading into the international break. If left Rodgers’ team in an unfamiliar position – second in the league.

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A win against Hamilton puts them top heading into the weekend and puts the pressure on leaders Aberdeen.

Rodgers is no stranger to not being able to call upon the services of his two recognised strikers. He started the season without Griffiths or the injured Moussa Dembélé meaning he was forced to use Tom Rogic as a false-9.

The versatile midfielder did a good job but with Édouard – on loan from PSG – now on the books it’s likely he’ll get the nod if Griffiths isn’t available.

However, if there’s a chance the Scottish striker could make it he’s going to push for a start. He’s been in fine form and with Dembélé close to a return he’s going to want to keep his feet well under the table.

Following his second half substitution Griffiths spoke to the media: “I’m all right, I got a wee kick on the back of my calf but it shouldn’t be anything too serious.

“Whether the manager wants to rest me or not is a different story, but I’ll speak to the physio and then speak to the gaffer.

“You obviously want to be available for Europe on Tuesday, so if the gaffer wants me to rest on Friday night, then I’ll need to do that.”

Would you risk Griffiths against Hamilton with PSG on the horizon?

Use our predicted line-ups feature to pick and share the Celtic team you’d play against Hamilton.

Our unique algorithm has predicted the XI it believes is most likely to start, but you can also give it a go yourself. Just click ‘create your own’ and pick the players you would choose, and you can also see their stats per 90 minutes once you’ve picked them.

When you’re happy with your team, press confirm and you’ll be able to share it with your friends via social media.

If you aren’t able to get to New Douglas Park then BT Sport 1 has got you covered. Coverage starts at 7pm and the match itself kicks off at 7:45pm.

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