Preview - Celtic (a)

Last updated : 15 October 2009 By Firparkcorner

Sutton celebrates at Parkhead
Certainly so long as we put in a reasonable performance and don't disgrace ourselves, no one will be crying about a defeat. We have reached this stage, mid-October, with only one league loss to our name and we face much more important, and winnable games, in the next four weeks against St Mirren (twice), Hearts and Hamilton.

However, despite our good start in terms of points there is mounting concern about the level of our performances. We have managed only a miserly two goals from open play in the league and even though we defeated Falkirk last time, we were somewhat fortunate. Combine that with a dismal loss to Hibs and the sluggish performance against Inverness in the League Cup, and the evidence, viewed in a certain light, is damning.

The news that Slane will be out for some time is a blow while Hutchison will not yet be fit to come into the defence. Craigan and Reynolds played last time but previously Craigan has been dropped after international duty so there could be a return for young Saunders. O'Brien should be able to shake off a knock although having only made the bench last time there is no guarantee he will start.

Celtic will still be without Fortune and it is likely both first choice full backs, Fox and Hinkel, will miss out with injury. Maloney, McDonald and Brown are carrying various knocks but all will expect to play. Loovens has to serve a suspension.

This will be a tough game for us but despite Celtic not being at their best, we may well find them a level above us as we slump to our second defeat of the campaign, 2-0.