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A look ahead to Hibs’ trip to Celtic Park on Sunday

Friday, 13th December 2019, 11:45 am
Updated Friday, 13th December 2019, 11:45 am
Hibs travel to face Celtic on Sunday. Picture: SNS

Hibs travel to Parkhead on Sunday looking for their first win over Celtic at the ground since January 2010.

By the time of kick-off it will be 3609 days since Danny Galbraith was the Wednesday night hero in a 2-1 win under John Hughes.

In fact it is their only success over Celtic in Glasgow since 2005.

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Hibs go west with confidence after easing past Aberdeen 3-0 in their last outing, with a belief that they can win, or at least get a result, rather than the usual hope.

Jack Ross hasn’t shown himself to be the type of manager who goes to away games with the intention of sitting in. One of the best St Mirren performances he oversaw was a Scottish Cup defeat at Parkhead when Brendan Rodgers was manager.

It earned the praise of the Northern Irishman.

Celtic were in European action on Thursday night, but having already qualified it allowed Neil Lennon to rest a raft of key individuals.

Celtic team news: Neil Lennon rested a host of key men for the club’s final Europa League group stage fixture. Boli Bolingoli and Odsonne Edouard are still on the mend but the latter will likely start.

Probable Celtic team (4-2-3-1): Forster; Frimpong, Jullien, Ajer, Taylor; Brown, McGregor; Forrest, Christie, Elyounoussi; Edouard.

Hibs team news: The only concerns regard Joe Newell who has missed the last two meetings.

Probable Hibs team (4-4-2): Marciano; Naismith, Porteous, Hanlon, Stevenson; Hallberg, Slivka, Allan, Boyle; Kamberi, Doidge.

Key clash: Ofir Marciano was back between the sticks against Aberdeen and showed his quality. He will likely have to be at the top of his game against Odsonne Edouard and team-mates if Hibs are to get a result. The French striker showed his influence for the league leaders when he came off the bench in the Betfred Cup final win over Rangers.

Last meeting: Celtic dropped points for the first time in the league this season when they visited Easter Road at the end of September. Christian Doidge sprung the offside trap to force Kristoffer Ajer to put through his own net. The visitors netted in controversial circumstances with Paul Heckingbottom being sent to the stands.

Match details: Sunday, December 15, Celtic Park, Glasgow. Kick-off 3pm. Tickets available via the Hibs official website or at the club’s ticket office.

Referee: John Beaton (26 yellow cards and one red card in nine Premiership games this season). Beaton has been a familiar face for Hibs fans this term. This will be his fifth game officiating the Hibees. He was the man in the middle the last time the Capital side travelled along the M8 on league business.

Match odds: Celtic 1/5 Draw 11/2 Hibs 14/1