McCourt starts for Bhoys against cup minnows

Scottish Cup holders Celtic made six changes for the fourth-round trip to Balmoor to face Peterhead.

Scottish Cup holders Celtic made six changes for the fourth-round trip to Balmoor to face Peterhead.

Paddy McCourt came in for top scorer Gary Hooper who was out with a groin injury, while Emilio Izaguirre also started following his return from a broken ankle.

Lukasz Zaluska was handed a rare outing in goal for the Hoops, while Cha Du-ri, Kelvin Wilson and Ki Sung-yueng were also drafted in with James Forrest rested and Victor Wanyama and Adam Matthews dropping to the bench.

Peterhead boss Jim McInally opted for an attack-minded line-up with strikers Rory McAllister and Martin Bavidge leading the line, while midfielder Jamie Redman passed a late fitness test to take his place in the side.

Peterhead: Jarvie, Strachan, Scott Ross, MacDonald, Donald, Redman, McBain, Sharp, Bavidge, McAllister, David Ross.

Subs: Jellema, Beasley, Wyness, Davidson, Conway.

Celtic: Zaluska, Cha, Kelvin Wilson, Mulgrew, Izaguirre, Brown, Ki, Ledley, McCourt, Samaras, Stokes.

Subs: Forster, Matthews, McGeough, Twardzik, Wanyama.

Referee: Alan Muir (Scotland)

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