Why Musonda and not Tom Rogic: Celtic Starting XI to Face Zenit

Celtic go up against Zenit tonight in a huge first leg match of their Europa League last-32 tie.

And there’s no doubt that Brendan Rodgers will have to field a strong starting XI if his side are to get the clash off to the best possible start with a home win.

That’s Celtic fans should be expecting given the support at Celtic Park and the hostile atmosphere that can be created on big European nights like this.

There are, of course, some worries over the recent form of the Scottish champions, with a 1-0 defeat to Kilmarnock and a close 3-2 victory over Partick Thistle at the weekend showing some of the team’s frailities.

However, Rodgers still has a quality team – and we think the Bhoys predicted XI for tonight’s match could provide a big test for the Russian side:

From the image below, it appears Celtic will be naming new-boy Charly Musonda ahead of Tom Rogic who according to reports is back from an hamstring injury and fit for this crucial clash.

So Why Musonda and not Rogic ?

The Australian footballer is back fit and some fan may be keen to see him thrown straight into the team, but surely it’s too early for Rogic to start in a game like this. Musonda is a better option due to his high-profile signing in January. Musonda’s been part of the team since moving loan move from Chelsea and European experience was no doubt a big factor in his decision to sign for the Scottish champions. No doubt Celtic used it as a tool to persuade him too. This could be a game that Musonda announces himself in.

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