It’s been a long few weeks since we last saw Celtic in action, but tomorrow we head to the capital to play Pat Fenlon’s Hibs. It seems like an age since we painfully lost to Barcelona in the Champions League and then comfortably brushed Motherwell to one side, winning 2-0. The international break went went well, Ireland and Scotland both won and there was only one injury, and that was a knock to Lustig’s hip whilst playing for Sweden.
It is always a tough test when heading to the capital, and tomorrow will be no different, but the players know that a good performance is needed to cement their places in the team for Tuesday night.
Joe Ledley, Tom Rogic and James Forrest are all available and should all play some part, but the frustration that is Derk Boerrigter is still sidelined, a signing that, thus far, has yet to work out. Neil Lennon has spoken of his concern about the threat of the Hibs attack, with new signing Paul Heffernan, Rowan Vine, James Collins and Liam Craig ready to face Celtic. It should be an interesting game, I’m looking forward to seeing how we line up, will Lennon go for a strong starting team? Or will he look to give our youngsters and fringe players some first team football? With Hibs beating Partick Thistle in the last round of SPL games, they are a side who are turning things around, and sit in a pleasing fifth position.
One thing we know is that we can’t afford to lose tomorrow afternoon, ahead of such a massive game on Tuesday. We really must be winning tomorrow, taking momentum into the Ajax game. So far we have had a successful start to our season, we are top of the SPL with a game in hand and have seen a good Champions League qualifying campaign lead to two decent performances against strong sides in the group stage, the only drawback being the embarrassing defeat to Morton in the cup. We hope to push on in the league at Easter Road tomorrow, kick off is 12:30! The Bhoys Are Back.