The Bhoys return back to league action today in the Cinch Premiership after another international break stuck its nose in where it wasn’t wanted. Internationals have had cruel outcomes for Celtic over the last year and a half.
This latest one looks like it has done no damage injury-wise to the squad but after a good win at Pittodrie, Ange Postecoglou would not have wanted a two-week gap before travelling to Fir Park today.
Celtic broke an away day hoodoo a fortnight ago against Aberdeen after failing to win on the road in the league all the way back to Valentine’s day. Clinching a winner in the last five minutes of the game would have created a good buzz and momentum around the team only for the pause button to be hit in the shape of an international break.
There was some good news to come from the break with Mikey Johnston returning to the squad and James Forrest and Christopher Jullien returning to training.
Will Ange stick with his Pittodrie team or make any changes today? With the teams just announced here is the answer to that question:
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) October 16, 2021
There isn’t too much to talk about from this team sheet apart from the fact that Bolingoli is straight back into the team. If the player is to have a future at Celtic he could do with putting in a performance that rewards the managers faith because some fans have the knifes out before a ball is kicked.
- Celtic are unbeaten in 12 away league trips to Motherwell (W8 D4) since a 3-1 defeat in April 2013 under Neil Lennon. They have won their last three such visits, scoring 4+ goals each time (13 overall).
- Motherwell have won each of their last three home league games, last winning four in a row in December 2019
- Celtic’s 2-1 win at Aberdeen last time out ended their eight-game winless run away from home in the Scottish Premiership (D3 L5), and was also the first time they avoided defeat on the road in the division this season.