It’s a break from the league action today with the semi final of the League Cup at Hampden taking place. It’s a 5.30 kick off on Saturday.
Hibs make the journey through from Edinburgh and will be hoping to somewhat replicate the result last month when they held Celtic to a draw at Easter Road.
Celtic have regained form with a 6-0 thanking of Ross County, a 2-1 win against Lazio, an emphatic 4-0 away win to Aberdeen and a 2-0 victory over St Mirren in midweek.
Hibs on the other hand have not had a great season, their last win was back in the last round of the league cup, going through on penalties after a 0-0 against Kilmarnock. Since that game they have drawn the five games they have played including last weekend at home to Livingston coming back from 2-0 down to get the 2-2 draw. They are currently 9th in the league a point off bottom place. Manager Paul Heckingbottom is under pressure to start winning and with Edinburgh rival Craig Levein having left Hearts the other day, it may not be long until Hibs are on the look out for a new manager too
Celtic boss Lennon told the gathered media on Friday that captain Scott Brown may miss out.
“Browny is struggling,” Lennon said. “We have to assess him in the morning. It is too early to say but you have to say he is doubtful.
“It would be huge. He is playing brilliantly, he is the captain and he knows how important these games are, so we have to see how he is.”
Celtic should prove to strong for Hibs and should have the warning from last month when we left Easter Road with only a point. The wide Hampden pitch should play to our advantage.
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.