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Away Days- Hibs v Celtic Match Preview

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27 September 2019

It’s an early kick off in the SPFL for the champions as they travel to the capital to take on Hibernian.

Hibs have been on a terrible run in the league so far and sit second bottom just ahead of St Johnstone on goal difference, and with a measly return of five points.

Last weekend Hibs took the lead at Easter Rosd against Edinburgh rivals Hearts only to lose 2-1, manager Paul Heckingbottom will be under enormous pressure to get a result against Celtic, otherwise he could be out the door.

Hampden Dress Rehearsal

They have however reached the semi final of the League Cup, where they face Celtic. Hibs overcome Kilmarnock on penalties to reach Hampden at the start of November.

Celtic travel to Edinburgh after a fringe XI comfortably booked their semi final spot, crushing Partick Thistle 5-0. Jeremie Frimpong, a transfer deadline signing from Man City, won man of the match and Neil Lennon praised the young Dutchman.

“He has an infectious personality and he’s infectious in the way he plays.” Lennon said at the press conference on Friday. “He should be really proud of his debut. Hopefully a small step in the right direction in having a career here.”

Injury Update

Lennon also gave an injury update, “I’m hoping Bitton and Johnston will join the squad training on Monday. Shved’s back in training. Bauer missed the game on Wednesday with an ankle injury but he’ll be fine and back in the squad. Looking healthy at the minute.”

One player who will still be missing is Leigh Griffiths as Lennon explained, “He’s injured at the minute. Not only is he out with a thigh strain, he’s got a bit of a virus as well.”

If Celtic play the way we have been then it should be a relatively comfortable afternoon in Edinburgh.

Prediction Hibs 0-2 Celtic

Mick Kane hails from Glasgow. He has been hooked on Celtic since he went to his first game when he was 7. Celtic beat Hamilton 8-3 at Celtic Park on the 3rd of January 1987. His favourite player at the time, Brian McClair scored four goals.

He started going regular as a 16 year old when Celtic played at Hampden for the season, being a Southsider it meant a short train journey to get to Hampden. From then he has had a season ticket travelled around Europe for games as Celtic became the dominant force in Scottish football again. A nice change from growing up during Rangers run to 9 in a row.