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Team’s Up – Maeda and Giakoumakis start, Jullien on bench

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Ange Postecoglou has named his side for this evening’s Scottish Cup Fourth Round clash with Alloa Athletic at Recreation Park. The Wasps, managed by Barry Ferguson, will be a stern opponent on the 4G park but Celtic will be targeting their place in the draw for the next round.

The Celtic manager said that he would make a number of changes and he had abided by that position, deciding to make few changes from the side that comfortably beat Hibs on Monday night.

In goals, Joe Hart continues in goals. The Englishman will be hoping for another quiet night.

In defence, Carl Starfelt partners Stephen Welsh in the central pairing with Tony Ralston and Liam Scales operating in the full-back roles.

In midfield, captain Callum McGregor is joined by Guchi and Tom Rogic. The latter, who just won the December Goal of the Month award will leave for Australia duty next week and he will hope to do so in the knowledge Celtic are in the next round.

In attack, Liel Abada starts on the right flank with Daizen Maeda (another that will leave on International Duty) playing off the left. Through the middle, Postecoglou has gone with Giorgos Giakoumakis. The Greek striker will look to stake a claim for the starting role, especially with Maeda going to play with Japan and Kyogo’s injury.

On the bench: Bain, Jullien, Taylor, Bitton, McCarthy, Hota, Hatate, Forrest, Juranovic.

Christopher Jullien will hope to end his injury hell by making a return to the team this evening after nearly 13 months out of the game. It will be Ideguchi’s first Celtic start having made his debut on Monday, replacing Hatate. The most notable absence is Mikey Johnston and it will be curious to see whether he has picked up a knock or he was not selected.

The game kicks off at 17:30 with coverage starting shortly on Premier Sports 1. The draw will take place for the Fifth Round after the game in Clackmannanshire concludes.

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