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Saturday Round-Up: De Vries Set To Start Today?

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Dorus de Vries, set to make his first Celtic start in over a year today
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THE BIG STORY: Celtic take on Dundee at Celtic Park today - reach our match preview here - and with an extremely busy schedule ahead Brendan Rodgers was expected to make changes for today’s game, but few would have expected Dorus de Vries to be making his first Celtic performance in over a year, as reports are suggesting. There are rumours of starts for forgotten man Cristian Gamboa and the just returned from injury Eboue Kouassi, with a role for Nir Bitton in defence.

Making so many changes is always a risk, but Brendan Rodgers must be confident that his squad players will do the job, and of course the likes of Scott Sinclair and Patrick Roberts will be available, and Roberts is looking forward to the run of games ahead. We’ll have updates on today’s game on our Twitter feed and a match report up after the game.

OTHER NEWS: As expected, former Celt turned SFA Perfomance Director Malky Mackay has been appointed interim Scotland manager for a friendly against the Netherlands at Pittodrie next month. Appointing a man with such a...chequered past is a mistake to say the least, hopefully this is just a one-off that will be quickly forgotten about when the new man comes in.

ON THIS DAY: In 2006, an unlikely hat-trick by Shunsuke Nakamura inspired Celtic to a 4-1 win over Dundee United at Tannadice, with JVoH getting the other goal.

In 2000 Celtic defeated St Mirren 2-0 at Celtic Park thanks to goals from Chris Sutton and Henrik Larsson, but the real story was the Celtic debut of Didier Agathe, who turned in a man of the match performance. Match highlights are below.

In 1997 a Craig Burley goal was enough to see off Dunfermline in the Coca-Cola Cup semi-final, in a game played in terrible conditions at Ibrox. Full match highlights are below.