Celtic vs Rangers: Lineups named for top of table Premiership clash

Celtic are currently three points clear at the top of the table with only three games to go.

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Brendan Rodgers and Philippe Clement have named their starting lineups for the top of the table clash between Celtic and Rangers.

The sides meet in the east-end of Glasgow for the fourth and final league meeting of the season on Saturday with only three points separating them and three games remaining.

Celtic lead the way at the top and can take a massive step towards their third title in a row if they can get a victory in front of 60,000 of their own fans.

A win would see them move six points ahead of their rivals and leave them only needing a single point in their last two games, against Kilmarnock and St Mirren, to make sure the trophy would be staying in Parkhead.

But if Rangers can take the victory it will see them move level on points and set up a blockbuster ending to the campaign.

Clement’s side, who have yet to beat the Hoops this season, would need to win 3-0 to take top spot on goal-difference before playing Dundee and Hearts in their final games.

A draw would leave Celtic three clear but give Rangers a chance to go top with a heavy win over Dundee at Ibrox on Tuesday and leave Rodgers’ side with no room for error when they visit Rugby Park, where they have already lost twice this season, on Wednesday.

With Daizen Maeda returning from injury the main question for Celtic was if he would start and if so would it be James Forrest or Nicolas Kuhn that dropped out.

And Rodgers has decided to throw the Japanese forward back into the starting lineup as part of a front three with Forrest on the other wing.

The league leaders start with Joe Hart in goals behind a back four of Alistair Johnston, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Liam Scales and Greg Taylor.

Captain Callum McGregor anchors a midfield three beside Matt O’Riley and Reo Hatate and they will be looking to support the forward trio of Maeda, Forrest and Kyogo Furuhashi who has been a thorn in Rangers’ side over 18 months with seven goals from his last seven starts in the derby.

Clement has named Jack Butland in goals with captain James Tavernier at right of a four man defence with John Souttar, Ben Davies and Borna Barisic.

John Lundstram is in midfield beside Mohamed Diomande and Tom Lawrence with Dujon Sterling and Fabio Silva either side of Cyriel Dessers up top.

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