Celtic are back in our lives, for the first time in 2022 the Hoops will be performing at Celtic Park as we face Hibs in a crucial league match.
There was a lot of talk at the end of December when the Scottish Government decided to impose a 500 limit to sporting events in a move to try and curb the spread of the new covid variant. The logical thing to do was move forward the winter break, which all but two clubs backed.
Not surprising that one of those clubs who were against moving the winter break but instead play with 500 fans was the Rangers, they had away trips to Celtic Park and Aberdeen to play, they must now play both in front of capacity crowds.
The winter break came at the right time for Celtic as we were running on empty. The few weeks off should help recover bodies and minds and we now have a bigger squad with the addition of Hatate, Ideguchi and Maeda to the first team squad. I expect at least one to play tonight.
Hibs have appointed former Celt, Shaun Maloney as manager and it will be interesting to see how Shaun fares at Easter Road. He has added a couple of signings which will be needed as Paul McGinn and Ryan Porteous are both suspended for tonight’s match.
Hibs form had picked up after the dismissal of Jack Ross, with a draw and three wins in the league, with their only loss against Celtic in the League Cup Final. A win for Hibs would take them back into the top four. They have a record of 8 wins, 5 draws and 7 losses and have a points total of 29 in the league.
A win for Celtic will also, for the first time in a while, put a bit of pressure on Rangers who travel to Pittodrie tomorrow, as we would go 3 points behind.
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.