It’s the big one today as Celtic travel across the city to face a Sevco squad and fans in confident mood as they go for their first league title tilt.
If this game had been a week or two ago, Celtic would have been traveling with a cloud over their heads, having crashed out of the Champions League to Cluj and then an out of sorts performance at home to Dunfermline. There was some discontent amongst the fans in regards to the transfer activity as well.
This week however the side should be as equally confident as Sevco. Navigating what could have been a tricky two legs against the Swedish champions AIK, 6-1 on aggregate, scoring four goals away from home in Europe is not a sight we have yet grown accustomed to as a Celtic support.
Sandwiched in between the two European games was a dominant performance at Celtic Park against Hearts with Bayo putting in an impressive performance to remind everyone what he has to offer.
Signings of Fraser Forster and Mohammad Elyounoussi has added a bit of excitement. Although both loans, these are the sort of loans that can be accepted when they should improve the team, too many loan signings in the past have failed to deliver. With Forster there is a likelihood he could become a permanent signing. Elyounoussi would appear to be out of our budget having only moved to Southampton last year for £16 million.
There have been numerous reports suggesting Kilmarnock left back Greg Taylor will be concluded before the window closes on Monday.
Going into the game at Ibrox it’s clear our defence is our biggest weakness, although there have been signs of improvement from both Christopher Jullien and Boli Bolingoli. It’s still to be seen if Ajer has recovered from an injury he received during the AIK win. Edouard also came off early with an injury however Neil Lennon is confident he will make the game.
Sevco also go into the game having qualified for the Europa League with a last minute winner from Morelos knocking out Legia Warsaw.
We can expect Sevco to come out quickly and we need to match them all over the park. From middle to front we are clearly better than them but if the team play the way they have in the last two visits there then we will be in for a tough time.
I can see the game being tight between the two teams and I keep seeing a draw being the outcome. Will Elyounoussi make an appearance? Even better will he make an impact? Let’s hope so.
Prediction: Sevco 2-2 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.