Celtic boss makes bold decision which could go wrong

Rangers FC v Celtic FC - Cinch Scottish Premiership
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Brendan Rodgers is in a tough spot right now. When he was brought back, success was almost taken for granted by many. Celtic were coming off of a treble-winning campaign under the management of Ange Postecoglou in which they had gotten the better of the Rangers on multiple occasions and pretty comfortably. On the other hand, the Northern Irishman had won every domestic trophy which he had competed for during his first spell at Parkhead.

Half-a-season on and the situation looks very different. It was the Rangers who won the Scottish League Cup. And Celtic have even let slip of a commanding lead in the league title race, owing to their terrible form in recent months.

It is not the ideal situation to be in. Combine that with an underwhelming January transfer window, and Rodgers now has a very difficult task, when it comes to bringing Celtic's season back on track.

Following the Rangers' win against Aberdeen, they are now level on points with Celtic. So, the Hoops are under added pressure to come out with three points over Hibernian.

Celtic boss makes bold decision which could go wrong

Rodgers has made a number of bold decisions in his team selection for the Hibernian game. Kyogo Furuhashi, Luis Palma and Liel Abada have all been left out of the starting XI.

The manager has gone with a front three of Daizen Maeda, Adam Idah and Nicolas Kuhn. The latter two were signed during the January transfer window. And to be fair to them, they did make an impact after coming on as substitutes against Aberdeen. Let's see if they can deliver when starting.

Maik Nawrocki has been dropped as well after a shaky performance against Aberdeen. Stephen Welsh has been brought into the fold to partner Liam Scales in the heart of defence.