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Predicted XI: Celtic v Rangers (H)

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Predicted XI: Celtic v Rangers (H)

The return of club football will be welcomed by many after a bizarre and unprecedented week for Celtic.

Though despite the off-field drama, they have the chance to go top of the table with a win over Glasgow rivals Rangers this Saturday.

The international break got off to the worst of starts when Odsonne Edouard tested positive for COVID-19 while away with France U21s, and shortly after Ryan Christie was told he’d have to isolate after being identified as a close contact of Scotland teammate Stuart Armstrong – who had tested positive too.

To make matters worse, Nir Bitton and Hatem Elhamed joined the list of positive cases.

The Israeli duo, along with Christie, are out of the picture. Edouard, however, returns to Glasgow the night before the game (Friday) – hopefully he features, even if it is as a late-sub.

Neil Lennon still has a talented squad at his disposal, and every one of those players will no doubt be ready and raring to go into another Glasgow derby.

The champions are on an eight-game winning streak, though have yet to show just what they’re fully capable of; now is the time.

New arrival Diego Laxalt has trained with the squad since arriving from AC Milan on-loan. The question is: Does Lennon start him?

Leigh Griffiths returned to action versus St. Johnstone and didn’t take long to head in his first goal of the season; a welcoming sight ahead of this match.

Rangers’ form is not to be sneered at: they’ve yet to lose a game in all competitions this season and are top of the league (albeit playing one game more).

Gerrard’s side were worthy winners in the last derby at Celtic Park ten months ago; Lennon should use that loss as inspiration for his players.

James Forrest and Mikey Johnston remain sidelined through injury for the Hoops.

Here is how we think Lennon could line his side up from the start

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