There is a huge incentive for Celtic to win today. Today they are in the north to play Aberdeen in a game which could see them head to the top of the league.
Celtic sit one point ahead of Aberdeen having played one game less but there is little between the two teams. Both clubs suffered defeats to Hamilton in October and now both have an opportunity to go above the Lanarkshire club.
This is a huge game and for Ronny Deila he will be looking for his players to maintain a winning streak. In their last three league games Celtic have beaten Ross County, Kilmarnock and current league leaders Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
League form has been patchy overall but recent weeks have seen improvement. Celtic are also unbeaten in the Europa League and remain in both domestic cups.
So there is a sense of stability within the team’s development. The good news for Celtic is that some players will be back in contention today.
John Guidetti is the form man for Celtic and will be the main danger man. Anthony Stokes, Kris Commons and James Forrest are also back in the fold so Ronny Deila has options.
With Callum McGregor having gone back into his shell, Forrest gets the nod and hopefully he is over these recurring injuries. Kris Commons’s absence of late has seen Stefan Johansen propelled into that attacking role so he will have to settle for the subs bench today.
Anthony Stokes will start on the left wing after missing out through illness in Europa League match against FC Astra on Thursday. He has found some form in that area of the field and has been very effective in creating opportunities.
It should be a highly competitive match today with the opportunity to move into a better league position the incentive for both teams.
The Line-up: Zaluska, Matthews, Denayer, Van Dijk, Izaguirre, Brown, Johansen, Forrest, Mulgrew, Guidetti.