Celtic and Hearts name teams for Murrayfield semi-final

first_imgThe teams are in for the first of Sunday’s League Cup semi-finals.With skipper Scott Brown, striker Leigh Griffiths and defenders Jozo Simunovic and Dedryck Boyata amongst those unavailable, Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has been forced to reshuffle his pack.Hearts counterpart Craig Levein is missing key men of his own after John Souttar and Uche Ikpeazu joined Christophe Berra on the sidelines.Here we run through both line-ups:Back: Kris Ajer (left) returns for Celtic, while Scott Bain is in goals for the semi-final. SNS Celtic team: Bain; Lustig, Ajer, Benkovic, Tierney; Kouassi, Ntcham; McGregor, Forrest, Rogic; Edouard.Start: Peter Haring (right) is back in for Hearts, while Steven Maclean leads the line. SNSLevein has decided to take a chance on the fitness of influential midfielder Peter Haring.The Austrian returns to start in place of teenager Harry Cochrane for the Jam Tarts despite an ongoing hernia problem.Olly Lee also takes his place in the starting 11 in the only other change from the team which swept aside Dundee.Team: Zlamal, Smith, Dunne, Dikamona, Mitchell; Lee, Djoum, Haring, Bozanic; Naismith, MacLean. Celtic have been boosted by Kris Ajer’s return from injury for the Murrayfield match.With Simunovic and Dedryck Boyata unavailable, Rodgers had looked short of options at the back.But Ajer has been passed fit to start in the centre of defence, alongside Filip Benkovic, who has also had recent injury problems.Elsewhere, James Forrest returns after missing the midweek loss to Leipzig through suspension and Tom Rogic is back as the main source of supply for striker Odsonne Edouard.last_img

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