Ange Postecoglou will be presented will plenty of dilemmas as he heads into his fourth competitive outing as Celtic manager.

The Australian has found life tough since being handed the keys to Parkhead but he’s got an excellent chance on Thursday evening to start moving proceedings in a positive direction.

The Hoops travel to Czech Republic to face Jablonec in Europa League qualifying where they will be hoping for much better luck than they had on their brief Champions League adventure.

Celtic will be able to call on the services of Joe Hart following his move from Tottenham this week but they will be without James McCarthy who arrived following a spell as a free agent.

Will Hart actually start on Thursday? Here’s the XI we’re predicting to take to the field today…

We’re tipping Postecoglou to make four changes to the side that lost to Hearts last weekend.

Two replacements are required in defence where the error-prone Nir Bitton is axed from Postecoglou’s plans with Stephen Welsh coming into the fray.

Should Hart start tonight?

No chance!

No chance!

Of course!

Of course!

Carl Starfelt initially looked as though he’d be a doubt for this match after not being included in the UEFA squad list but he was pictured training in the run-up to the game after travelling to Czech Republic.

A second change is in goal where the £15k-per-week Hart replaces Scott Bain who made a mistake against Hearts last weekend.

A third change is made in the middle of the park where Liam Shaw earns his first start in place of Ismaila Soro. The Ivorian has struggled in the opening weeks of the campaign and therefore, is dropped to the bench.

The final alteration to the starting XI is in attack where James Forrest misses out in favour of Ryan Christie on the left wing.

Guess the shirt numbers from Celtic’s famous 2002/03 UEFA Cup side. Let’s start with Mohammed Sylla…

Forrest was poor in that position last weekend, completing one of four dribbles and failing to provide an accurate cross in the entire game. He also lost 80% of his duels and surrendered possession 11 times; the highest number by any attacking player for the Bhoys.

Christie, on the other hand, put in a productive performance from that side of the pitch in the first leg against Midtjylland.

AND in other news, Ange must ruthlessly axe Celtic’s £14k-p/w “walking joke” tonight, he’s been shocking…

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