After the dominating 5-1 win in the season opener against Hamilton last weekend, this week see’s Celtic make the trip to Rugby Park to face Kilmarnock.
Killie started their season with a 2-1 loss at Easter Road against Hibs. And Alex Dyer’s men will be hoping to put on a better show against the champions. The club have a few fresh faces, goalkeeper Danny Rodgers, centre half Clevid Dikamona, midfielder Aaron Tshibola returns for a third spell and loan signing goalkeeper Jake Eastwood.
Celtic put on a good display at an empty Celtic Park on flag day and look like they have a swagger about them and will be in confident mood.
No new signings have been announced in the past week despite being linked with several forwards. It seems likely another striker will be added as Bayo looks set to move to Toulouse. It seemed the move for Albian Ajeti had broken down but reports on Friday said the deal was close.
At the Friday press conference Neil Lennon told the assembled media talks were taking place.
“On going talks.” Lenny said. “I am not aware of how close we are in doing that, I know talks are ongoing. Thats my position at the minute, it may or may not happen, as is the case with a lot of deals we are trying to negotiate.”
Bayo has been pictured holding a Toulouse top so that deal seems imminent
“I am pretty sure Bayo is going to join Toulouse on loan.” Lennon conceded. “It would be good to get a couple more bodies and obviously you can name them in the UEFA line-up as well.”
As for a player we would all have been quite happy signing ten years ago maybe more of a mixed reaction now is 33 year old Stephen Fletcher. Fletcher scored 13 goals for Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship last season. He could offer something different up top as long as we keep French Eddy.
Lennon said, “Talks are ongoing at the minute. Nothing confirmed. We will just have to wait and see.”
The game takes place on Sunday at 16.30, live on Sky.
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.