8th October 2022; McDiarmid Park, Perth, Scotland; Scottish premier league football, St Johnstone versus Celtic: Celtic players celebrate after Andrew Considine of St Johnstone scores an own goal in the 42nd minute making it 1-0 to Celtic

The Hoops return to domestic action this weekend to take on a rejuvenated Hibernian side.

Celtic currently sit top of the SPFL Premiership and have a chance to extend their lead at the summit with a victory over the Leith side on Saturday afternoon.

Ange Postecoglou’s side are now entering a small run of domestic fixtures with visits to Fir Park and Tynecastle to follow after the weekend which is a great chance to get some rhythm back into Celtic performances which have been lacking since the derby victory.

Hibs come to Celtic Park having been defeated on their last outing away from home during midweek as they were beaten by a Dundee United side who are looking to get their season back on track.

The Hibees will be fairly pleased with their start to the season as they currently sit third in the table but this will be a tough test. There is likely to be some familiar faces making their return to the east end of Glasgow with David Marshall and Ewan Henderson likely to feature for the first time since leaving Parkhead.

Postecoglou is likely to go with a strong team at the weekend without too much rotation. He will be keen to allow the two central defenders to get another game under their belts meaning that it is likely for Moritz Jenz and Cameron Carter-Vickers to partner each other at the back in front of Joe Hart.

Both fullbacks were rotated last weekend but Postecoglou may look to do that on Wednesday night in the cup meaning that it’s likely to see Juranovic and Taylor start.

This could also be the case in midfield with O’Riley still adapting to the pivot role. The manager once again may look to keep some consistency in that area.

Up top, Postecoglou might be forced to once again make changes with Liel Abada’s status as of yet not being confirmed.

James Forrest has looked bright in his previous two appearances and the veteran winger may be handed a start by Postecoglou with Jota still likely to be a doubt for the weekend.

The manager has said that he will persevere with Daizen Maeda with it likely that the winger starts.

Both Kyogo and Giakoumakis missed good chances on Tuesday evening but will be looking to try and get back to consistent scoring ways. Kyogo is likely to start this one with Giakoumakis featuring at some point during the match.


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