It’s an early start for Celtic today as they make the short trip to Lanarkshire to take on Motherwell for a 12 o’clock kick off on Saturday.
Both clubs have made winning starts to the competitive season so far, while Celtic were progressing through the Champions League qualifiers, Motherwell comfortably made it through the group stage of their Betfred Cup section.
The Steelmen have been amongst the goals in the league cup as they won both games at Fir Park 4-0 against Morton and Annan. On their travels they beat Queen of the South 3-0 and Dumbarton 2-0. Moving on to last Saturday, The Well travelled along the M8 to take on Livingston, and suddenly the goals dried up as it finished 0-0.
An unlikely player is leading the goalscoring charts for the Lanarkshire club so far with defender Liam Donnelly scoring five already in the league cup section.
For the game on Saturday Jake Carroll misses out for Motherwell after he was handed a two match ban after a bad tackle in the closing stages of the Livingston match. Having failed a medical earlier in the summer for Celtic, David Turnbull misses out as he recovers from his operation.
Celtic go into the match on the back of a 1-1 away draw to CFR Cluj in the Champions League and a 7 nil demolition of St Johnstone last Saturday.
Just as the Cluj game was ending on Wednesday the news broke that Kieran Tierney was on his way to London to talk to Arsenal. The deal was confirmed on Thursday, a record for a Scottish club, £25 million.
Celtic will be looking to bolster their ranks, starting with a left back as new recruit Bolingoli hasn’t as yet shown the sort of form we have come to expect from Tierney.
Good players come and go from Celtic and this is very much the model the club has worked well at in recent seasons, developing either young players that we can recruit cheaply and sell on for profit or in Tierney’s case develop from a young age and sell on. This model is why Celtic will unearth the likes of a Van Dijk or Dembele and why young players will come to the club. It’s disappointing in a way that we can’t keep hold of our best young talent but that is the time we live in.
With both teams having had good starts to the season, the game could be a cracker. Games at Fir Park are usually tight with Celtic winning by the odd goal. If Celtic play the way we did against St Johnstone last week then a good result is on the card.
Prediction Motherwell 1-3 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.