Preview - Celtic (h)

Last updated : 19 January 2006 By Firparkcorner

Celtic gave us a footballing lesson in the last meeting between the sides, winning 5-0 at Parkhead. However, the opening day of the season produced a sensational 4-4 draw and the final day of last season will live long in the memory for those concerned. Scott McDonald’s two goals gave Motherwell a glorious win and he will be our main threat, as usual, this weekend.

Celtic’s defence is far from secure and it is likely that chances will be made. Making chances alone though is not enough to pick up points as we saw last week – we need to actually stick some in the back of the net as well!

While the January transfer window has been incredibly dull for Motherwell, it has been more exciting for our visitors. There have been no comings or goings at Fir Park but Celtic have signed Mark Wilson, a Hungarian winger and are on the verge of completing an agreement with Kenny Miller. Whether any or all of these players feature at the weekend remains to be seen.

We will be strengthened by the return of Brian McLean into the squad although it would harsh on Willie Kinniburgh if he is dropped after a solid performance last week. McLean does seem to be preferred by Butcher though so it must be considered likely he’ll get the nod.

None of our long term injury victims will return so we will be picking from the same 14 or so players we normally do. These players have shown we can compete with Celtic on a one off basis and with the CIS semi final approaching rapidly it would be good to strike a psychological blow.

We’ll huff and puff but in the end we’ll be the happier of the sides with a 1-1 draw.