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On the face of it, Sunday's trip to Dingwall to place Ross County is the least important of the three games we have left to play this month, but in actual fact in a roundabout way it could turn out to be the most important of the month.

After clinching the league against Hearts, Brendan Rodgers understandably made some changes for the following league games, giving fringe players like Eboue Kouassi and Nir Bitton starts against Partick Thistle and bringing back the likes of Scott Brown and Tierney into the team against Kilmarnock after resting them against Thistle.

The changes should end on Sunday though, as it is vital that the team that plays in the Scottish Cup Semi-Final plays against County first, to bring a bit of continuity to the side. The likes of Tom Rogic, who has been out injured since December, needs a start to ensure that he is match fit to play a full ninety minutes and to cement his place in the team, and Moussa Dembele, who hasn't played a full game since before the international break, should start to keep his fitness levels up. Even if these two players only manage to play for an hour that should be enough to gauge their fitness levels for the semi-final.

The defence to start in the semi-final will also need a game to refamiliarise after the various changes in the last couple of weeks, and the same applies to the midfield, where Brendan Rodgers has a decision to make, to start either Patrick Roberts or James Forrest, with you would think a good performance from either one guaranteeing a start the following week.

We don't want to make the same mistakes that have littered some of our previous visits to Hampden in recent years, and I'm confident that the current staff at Celtic Park won't allow that to happen, and playing the semi-final team on Sunday is one way to go about that.