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Celtic XI to face Aberdeen

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With a little breathing space in the calendar Brendan Rodgers can prepare his side for Wednesday’s clash with Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

An eight day period that covers Bayern Munich, Hibs and Aberdeen will test the hoops in three different competitions with the Irishman having to dig deep into his squad.

Around the hour mark at Hampden he called in James Forrest and Moussa Dembele with both players likely to start at Pittodrie.

In midfield Rodgers is spoiled for choice with his main concerns further back. Nir Bitton delighted his boss at Hampden on Saturday and could be in for an extended run in central defence.

Jozo Simunovic and Erik Sviatchenko are still on the injured list giving Bitton the chance to form a partnership with Dedryck Boyata ahead of the Champions League return match with Bayern Munich.

With Aberdeen level on points with the hoops the incentive is obvious for Derek McInnes and his side but reality kicks in when he names his side without Ryan Christie.

The loan Celt has become a key player for the Dons but it’s businerss time on Wednesday night with three points for the visitors far more important than developing a player who could be a vital part of Rodgers’ Champions League plans in 12 months time.

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