Preview: Celtic (a)

Last updated : 06 November 2008 By Firparkcorner

The short answer is probably not. Wins in Glasgow, even draws, are rare for us these days but this is probably not the write off that it sometimes appears to be. We will be feeling confident and they were given the run around for 90 minutes in mid-week.

That said, they have not dropped points in a European hangover yet this season and with Rangers slipping in mid-week they have an ideal chance to stretch their lead at the top of the table. Given that we beat them on our last trip to the East End, they are not likely to be complacent either.

Lappin scored the winner last time at Parkhead

At least they do have some injury problems with Venegoor of Hesselink and Samaras both missing out. Samaras in particular tore us apart in the 4-2 thrashing at Fir Park and with McGeady and Nakamura both missing from the Manchester United game, their creativity might be somewhat less than usual as well.

We might have a difficult decision to make if Craigan is fit once more as Malcolm has done well as cover in the defence. There is a big difference between playing Inverness and Hamilton and taking on Celtic though and it would be a surprise if the captain wasn't recalled.

The forwards and midfield have a vital job to do in not only chasing and shutting down when we are under pressure but also keeping the ball when we have it. We simply can't afford to give it away easily and invite them on to us and this could well be a deciding factor.

Despite not always getting the results we want, we have usually been respectable in Glasgow under Mark McGhee and there is little reason to think that will change now. However there is also little hope of taking points and a couple of lapses might see us go down 2-0.

Remember the last time we were at Parkhead?