Team news: Johnston makes Celtic debut, Morelos starts for Rangers

Ange Postecoglou and Michael Beale have named their starting sides for the Ibrox derby.

Team news: Alistair Johnston makes Celtic debut, Alfredo Morelos starts for Rangers SNS Group

Celtic defender Alistair Johnston will make his debut in the derby against Rangers at Ibrox.

The Canadian international, who joined the Parkhead club last month, has been put straight into the first team by manager Ange Postecoglou. Anthony Ralston is injured and though Josip Juranovic is back in training after the World Cup, Postecoglou has opted to start Johnston in the crunch fixture.

Rangers manager Michael Beale had a decision to make up front after Alfredo Morelos suffered a tight hamstring in his last match and he has started the Colombian striker, with Kemar Roofe and Antonio Colak both on the bench.

Allan McGregor starts in goal for Rangers, behind a back four of Borna Barisic, Ben Davies, Connor Goldson and captain James Tavernier.

Beale has picked a midfield trio of Glen Kamara, John Lundstram and Malik Tillman, while Ryan Kent and Fashion Sakala Jnr play either side of Morelos in attack.

John McLaughlin, Ryan Jack, James Sands, Scott Wright, Scott Arfield, Leon King and Adam Devine join Colak and Roofe on the substitutes bench.

Celtic start with Joe Hart in goal and a back line of Greg Taylor, Carl Starfelt, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Johnston.

Captain Callum McGregor is joined by Reo Hatate and Matt O’Riley in midfield.

Kyogo Furuhashi is the central striker, with James Forrest and Daizen Maeda starting in the wide positions.

New signing Yuki Kobayashi has been named on the Celtic bench. Scott Bain, Giorgos Giakoumakis, Liel Abada, Aaron Mooy, Jota, Alexandro Bernabei and Oliver Abildgaard are the other substitutes.

Celtic go into the game with a nine-point lead over their nearest rivals in the Premiership table.

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