With three games left before the winter break, Aberdeen are the visitors to Celtic Park this afternoon for a 3pm kick off.
Celtic will go into the game in confident mood having sailed through a potential difficult clash in the capital against Hearts midweek. The game finished 2-0 to Celtic but given the chances created a score line of 4 or 5 wouldn’t have been unrealistic.
Rangers play on the Friday night, and coasted to a 3-0 win and were 2-0 after 10 minutes against Hibs. So they will now be two points behind as we kick off on Saturday. It is imperative we take full points from both Aberdeen and St Mirren on Boxing Day as we lead up to a derby clash next Sunday at Celtic Park. If we do we would go into that game with a five point advantage, albeit having played a game more. To go into the winter break 8 points clear should prove a psychological blow in our favour.
The Dons come to Glasgow sitting third in the table on 32 points. They are a long way behind the top two and are contesting there own mini battle with Motherwell for third spot. So far this season we comfortably beat them at Pittodrie 4-0.
In team news, Mohammed Elyounoussi looks to be out until January, Johnny Hayes has a shoulder injury and misses out tomorrow. Bolingoli and Taylor will battle it out to see who replaces Hayes. Michael Johnston is fit again.
To start off a crucial week, I see Celtic taking the three points in what should be a convincing victory.
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.