Preview: Celtic (h)

Last updated : 29 January 2008 By Firparkcorner

Mark McGhee has been saying that he'll send out a team keen to get the ball on the ground and to play our usual hard working passing game regardless of the underfoot conditions. If he needs to instil some confidence in our troops all he has to do is show them a rerun of Celtic's game on Sunday. They struggled to overcome a workmanlike Falkirk side and looked far from a side capable of winning the title - but the warning is clear, they still managed to take all three points.

Skippy in claret & amber

We must be in with a chance but only if we can muster a decent starting eleven. Paterson will complete his suspension by sitting this one out and there must be a chance that Porter could report fit following his knee injury last week. McGarry should also be restored to midfield allowing Fitzpatrick to cover at left back. That will bring us to the same starting eleven which lost to St Mirren.

The visitors also seem likely to make a change in defence. Their U19 captain, Caddis, made a brief appearance against Falkirk and there are suggestions that he could be given a starting place against us. Their defensive record had been excellent lately and they have not conceded in the last five outings.

This game was originally scheduled for January 6 and was postponed following the O'Donnell tragedy. Celtic will have the advantage of the stands behind the goals but our support will be in good voice after the exciting cup in over Hearts. If we can find anything like our best form we should be able to score. It's hard to see us keeping a clean sheet and we should be happy to take a point from the encounter - 1-1.

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