Celtic vs Dundee Team Predictions: Idah Has to Start

Celtic will be looking to build upon the weekend’s win at Fir Park when they welcome the visit of Tony Docherty’s Dundee to Parkhead.

The Hoops had to leave it late against Motherwell on Sunday, but the most important part was that they got the victory. The importance of every fixture in the lead-up to the trip to Ibrox in April is heightened, and tomorrow’s match against Dundee is once again a must-win fixture.

The first-half was lacklustre against the Steelmen, but the hunger and desire that the team brought to the table in the second-half provides the perfect foundations for the team to carry over against Dundee.

It was the substitutes that changed the game at Fir Park, but can any of those players make their way into the team for tomorrow’s fixture?

Here are A Celtic State of Mind’s team predictions for tomorrow evening’s encounter.

Joe Hart – A warm reception will be expected for the English stopper in his first appearance at Parkhead since announcing his retirement from professional football at the end of the season.

Alistair Johnston – Alistair Johnston removed his protective mask last weekend and started to play better, and will be looking to show some of the same qualities against the Dark Blues.

Cameron Carter-Vickers – Carter-Vickers returned to the fold from the bench in place of Maik Nawrocki against Motherwell, and after an injury suffered by the Pole, the American should get his first start since returning from a spell on the sidelines.

Liam Scales – After a shaky 90 minutes at Fir Park where he never seemed to get a grip of the game, Scales will be hoping for a far more comfortable game with someone like Carter-Vickers by his side.

Greg Taylor – Taylor was effective down the left in his first full 90 minutes since returning from injury, but will be looking to tighten up defensively against Dundee.

Matt O’Riley – The Dane only really came into his own for the final 20 minutes against Motherwell, and needs a top performance against Dundee mid-week.

Tomoki Iwata – Iwata rose to the occasion as he turned in a tidy display at the weekend, his first appearance since December 13th against Feyenoord. Supporters were unhappy with his substitution, but he should have done enough to earn his place in the team tomorrow.

Callum McGregor – The captain will be hoping to dictate the tempo and control the game against Dundee tomorrow evening.

Yang Hyun-jun – Yang brought the energy and electricity that the Celtic attack desperately needed at Fir Park, and grabbed an assist late in the game which should be enough to earn him a start.

Adam Idah – The Irishman was the difference-maker for the second time this season as he grabbed two goals from the bench against Motherwell. He seems to be more suited to Brendan Rodgers system than Kyogo Furuhashi and should get a start in the team.

Luis Palma – The Honduran appeared in the right place at the right time to make the points safe against the Steelmen, and will be expected to take Daizen Maeda’s place after the Japanese was misfiring at Fir Park.

James McKenzie // @JamesWHMcKenzie

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