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Preview (Celtic v Raith Rovers)

Updated: Sep 23, 2021

Raith have played 11 games this season and have won 6 games, drew 3 games and lost 2 games.

In their wins was the previous league cup round versus Aberdeen where they won 2-1 with goals from Varian and Zanatta.

On Saturday they won 1-0 away to Morton with Zanatta scoring the only goal of the game although they only had 2 shots on target during the game.

They have played 5 league games winning 2, losing 2 and drawing the other game. Their 7pts have them placed 5th in the table. Their average possession for the 5 games has been 53.6% and they have had 45 shots at goal with 26 of them on target (58%). An average of 9 shots at goal per game and 5.2 on target. Raith had an average of 6.8 corners per league match.

In all competitions wide left midfielder Zanatta is their top scorer with 5 goals. Lewis Vaughan has 4, Brad Spencer and Ethan Varian have 2 each and Aidan Connolly and Blaise Riley-Snow have 1 each.

Their team line up from their last game (away to Morton) is below).

  • In goals Raith have ex Hearts and Kilmarnock Jamie MacDonald and he had 46 appearances for them last season.

  • At right back is Reghan Tumilty and he had 49 appearances last season scoring 3 goals.

  • Right centre back is ex Dundee player Kyle Benedictus who has had 217 appearances and 10 goals for Raith.

  • At left centre back is 36 year old ex Hearts, Wolves and Ipswich Christophe Berra.

  • Left back is Liam Dick who they signed from Alloa in the summer.

  • Defensive midfielder Blaise Riley-Snow signed from Spanish side Universitat d'Alacant in the summer and was previously with Harefield.

  • Ex Kilmarnock Brad Spencer has 74 appearances and 6 goals and plays wide right of midfield.

  • 19 year old Dylan Tait plays in central midfield and has 64 appearances and 6 goals.

  • Also in central midfield is Ross Matthews who has had 201 appearances and 13 goals.

  • Wide left of midfield is ex Hearts Canadian Dario Zanatta who is on his third spell with Raith totalling 38 appearances and scoring 11 goals.

  • 19 year old Irish centre forward Ethan Varian was signed from Stoke in the summer.

  • Subs that were used on Saturday were Kai Fotheringham, Aidan Connolly and Thomas Lang.

For Celtic I would pick the team for Saturday's game against Dundee Utd first before thinking about the team for this game.

Against Dundee Utd I would play the following team;

- Hart

- Juranovic, Carter-Vickers, Starfelt and Bolingoli

- Rogic, McGregor and Turnbull

- Forrest, Ajeti and Jota

Even though I'm not a fan of that midfield three combo due to the lack of defensive skills. However at home it has worked and I would be happy to risk it again for now (at home).

Therefore against Raith I'd play;

- Hart

- Juranovic, Carter-Vickers, Starfelt and Bolingoli

- Rogic, Soro and McCarthy

- Abada, Giakoumakis and Johnston

Match probabilities are;

- Celtic 86%

- Raith Rovers 4%

- a draw 10%.

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