Steven Gerrard could be set to field a shock XI on Saturday with the potential inclusion, straight into the deep end, of South Africa’s Bongani Zungu.
The new signing, 27, was brought in for his powerful midfield destructive properties, and while Ryan Jack hasn’t been bad this season, he’s maybe not been as strong as usual, while being contrasted by the excellent Glen Kamara and Steven Davis who’ve both been on a hell of a game this term.
As such, the new lad may just find himself debuting in the biggest club match of them all, and given his experience, it’s not that surprising.
Zungu has experience of playing against some of the best clubs around, including Porto, Sporting, Marseille, Monaco and PSG to name just five, so it’s certainly not an exaggeration to say a player of his CV could probably just about handle an empty Parkhead.
But it would still be a bold call – his first SPL match and it’s on their midden.
Is Stevie big enough to make that decision?
He is, but whether he’ll consider it the right one only he knows.
Jack’s performance v Israel wasn’t exactly outstanding, and while his passing rate domestically has been far higher, Celtic is a different ball game and we wouldn’t be lying in saying the ex-Aberdeen man isn’t quite having the best season of his life. And he’s had injury concerns too.
Of course, the former Vitória Guimarães SC man hasn’t even been paraded yet at Ibrox, nor had his photo taken in our shirt, or even been properly interviewed to this point, but these are extraordinary times anyway so does that even matter?
It might just be the one for Zungu to start.