Jota starts as Celtic host Dundee United in Premiership clash

The winger has scored twice in two appearances from the bench since his return from injury.

Jota starts for Celtic against Dundee United in Premiership clash SNS Group

Celtic winger Jota has returned to the starting line up as the Premiership league leaders host Dundee United in Glasgow.

The Portuguese winger has been missing from the side in recent weeks after suffering an injury in September but has come off the bench to score in their previous two games.

He scored the third in a 3-0 victory at Livingston on Sunday before putting a superb free-kick past Thibaut Courtois in the 5-1 Champions League defeat to Real Madrid on Wednesday.

Cameron Carter-Vickers, who missed the game in Madrid midweek, returns to captain the side in the ongoing absence of Callum McGregor.

He partners Moritz Jenz at the back with Anthony Ralston and Alex Bernabei replacing Juranovic and Taylor at right and left back.

David Turnbull comes in to a three man midfield beside Reo Hatate and Matt O’Riley with Giorgos Giakoumakis leading the line with Jota and Haskabanovic either side.

Celtic can go seven points ahead of Rangers at the top of the league with another win over the side they beat 9-0 earlier in the season.

Kyogo and Liel Abada, who both scored hat-tricks in that heavy defeat at Tannadice, are both among Ange Postecoglou’s subs.

Meanwhile former Celtic player Tony Watt returns to the Dundee United squad after they successfully appealed his red card in last week’s defeat to Motherwell.

Liam Fox has set up with Birighitti in goals behind Smith, McMann, Edwards, Behich and Freeman with Harkes, Sibbald, McGrath and Djoum supporting and Fletcher up front.

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