Club football returns this weekend after the latest international break with a trip to Hampden beckoning for Celtic.
The semi final of the Premier Sports League Cup, sees Celtic take on last seasons winners St Johnstone on Saturday with a 5.15 pm kick off.
The match will be the first Celtic game since the sad passing of club legend Bertie Auld, with a minutes applause announced before the game and all Celtic players wearing number 10 on their shorts in memory of the much loved Lisbon Lion.
Celtic go into the match in good form, unbeaten in our last eight matches in all competitions, with the home draw against Livingston the only blip. We beat St Johnstone 2-0 at Celtic Park during this run of games. We have beaten Hearts and Raith Rovers to reach this stage of the cup.
St Johnstone are unbeaten in their last three games since we beat them, drawing with Hearts in Perth, beating Dundee United at Tannadice and drawing last time out at home to St Mirren. In the cup they have beaten Arbroath and Dundee to reach the semi final.
It looks like the Saints will be without Stevie May and Glenn Middleton due to injury. Celtic will still be without, Taylor, Jullien and the match will likely be too early for Tom Rogic and Carl Starfelt to return. Reports are also suggesting that Giakoumakis has a knee injury.
The Saints have proved worthy cup opponents for any team in recent years, winning the League Cup and Scottish Cup last year so Celtic will have to be wary of the danger the Perth side can cause. The wide Hampden pitch should offer our attacking players the width and space to exploit the Saints backline.
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.
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