Celtic return to domestic duty this weekend, as they take on Craig Levein’s St Johnstone side at McDiarmid Park at lunchtime on Sunday.

Brendan Rodgers will be hoping that his team bounce back from their recent slump in form, as they have yet to win a game since returning from international duty last week. These two teams last met in August, where a drab 0-0 stalemate played out at Celtic Park, prompting boos from the home support at full-time.

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Managed by Steven MacLean that day, the Perthshire side are now fronted by former Scotland, Dundee United and Hearts boss Levein, who has managed to change their fortunate for the most part since his arrival. Despite narrowly losing against his former side Hearts last week, he has managed to pick up two wins and a draw in his first four games. They currently sit 11th in the table, a point ahead of Livingston on 10 points.

With all of that being said, what team will Rodgers elect to go for, as his side looks to get back to winning ways? Our writers have their say…

Ryan McGinlay

No two ways about it, Celtic cannot allow themselves to slip up once again in their domestic duties. They got away with it last week, and the opportunity to go 11 points clear – albeit for a few hours potentially – is one that Celtic must not pass up on Sunday. Rodgers needs a response, which is why I think there will be changes to the starting line-up for this match.

There will not be one in goals, however, as Joe Hart will continue as number one for this game. As we get closer to January, it will be intriguing to see if the club elects to start to look now for his long-term replacement, or if they will stay put with the options already available. Regardless, Hart will do a job domestically, so he starts again in this one.

Elsewhere in the defence, I believe that this will be the game that signals the long-awaited return of Maik Nawrocki to the starting 11. This will be in place of Liam Scales, who put in his first poor performance of the season against Lazio. It is time to see the partnership of Cameron Carter-Vickers and Nawrocki, which I believe will take place at McDiarmid Park this weekend.

Greg Taylor and Alistair Johnston will assume their regular places at left and right-back, though they will have to up their game significantly as both are off-form at the minute. In Taylor’s case, I reckon that his competition in this position will arrive next month, as it will not be Alexandro Bernabei. Johnston’s European struggles have been evident, but he stands out at this level. Time will tell if he is capable of the step up in quality.

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In the midfield, captain Callum McGregor and Matt O’Riley will start in this one, though their form has been off the boil too. McGregor – for whatever reason – has not hit the heights of the previous few seasons, so it is up to the number 42 to up his game and make sure that this is no more than a bump in the road. O’Riley will be up for this one, after two below-par performances against Motherwell and Lazio. Speaking of the Steelmen, former Motherwell player David Turnbull will be the third midfielder in this line-up, as he has scored in the last four games for Celtic. A threat from outside of the box, Turnbull may be the perfect solution to the low-block problem that has plagued Celtic all season. He guarantees goals, something you cannot say for a lot of the club’s other attacking outlets.

Kyogo Furuhashi will lead the line for Celtic, though he must get the service that he needs to operate as a lone striker in this team. Rodgers needs to find a way to make him the main man again, as he has just become another individual in a team that needs some star quality.

Another bit of star quality returning to the fold is that of Luis Palma, who will ply his trade out on the left wing. Badly missed in Rome, his performances have been a real standout this season out wide for the club. Rodgers will be hoping that magic occurs in Perth this weekend. On the other side, it is a tricky decision, as Yang Hyun-jun has been playing there. James Forrest is an option, as is Marco Tilio, who made his debut last weekend. I believe that Mikey Johnston will get the nod for this one, as his cameo in Rome was a positive one. Not everything came off for him, but he endeavoured and managed to get past his man a couple of times.

No slip-ups at Perth, and Celtic will solidify their good position in the league, putting the pressure on their rivals once again.

Ryan’s team: Hart; Johnston, Carter-Vickers, Nawrocki, Taylor; McGregor, Turnbull; Johnston, O’Riley, Palma; Kyogo

Tony Haggerty

It's back to the domestic grind for Celtic after being shown the exit door in the Champions League group stage in midweek.

The 2-0 defeat to Lazio in the Stadio Olimpico in Rome put paid to the Scottish champions hopes of ensuring European football after Christmas. All roads lead to Perth as Rodgers will renew hostilities with Levein. That will no doubt add a layer of the sideshow circus to proceedings. The Northern Irishman may well attempt to freshen things up in terms of his tea, selection after last weekend's 1-1 stalemate with Motherwell at Celtic Park.

With that in mind, it will be Hart in goal for this one and a back four of  Johnston on the right and Taylor on the left. The centre-back pairing will remain as is with Carter-Vickers and Scales being given the nod. There is a school of thought that Nawrocki could well come in from the cold but the £4.5 million Polish defender will have to bide his time a little bit longer.

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In the engine room, skipper McGregor and O'Riley will be asked to produce more than they did against the Italians in midweek, but Bernardo will make way for Turnbull, who is on a rich vein of domestic goalscoring form.

The biggest dilemma facing Rodgers could well be in the attacking options. Honduran wideman Palma will return to the left flank after missing the Lazio encounter due to suspension. Kyogo will be deployed up front but it depends once again on whether Rodgers wants him to function as a link-man playing with his back to goal some 30 yards out from the opposition penalty area, or indeed where he is more deadly and effective and that is playing on the last defender's shoulder. For him to perform at his best in that role the delivery and supply have to both be on point.

That leaves the wide left berth up for grabs, and could Johnston be the man to come in and occupy that spot? Both Yang and Forrest did not cover themselves in glory on Italian soil. However, I think Rodgers may opt for the curve ball that is Tilio and see what he can bring to the table. The Australian is an unknown quantity thus far and the Celtic supporters are desperate to see what he has in his locker. Tilio gets the nod to start over Johnston because as much as the latter was decent enough in midweek, he still lacks a basic end product.

St Johnstone will be a robust opponent and Celtic will be in a game but they will triumph at McDiarmid with Kyogo getting in among the goals once again and the lead at the top will still be eight points at the very least come the close of play on Sunday evening.

Tony's team: Hart; A. Johnston, Carter-Vickers, Scales, Taylor; McGregor, O'Riley, Turnbull; Tilio Kyogo, Palma.