Celtic play their penultimate league tie of the season tonight at Celtic Park. Kilmarnock are the visitors and a bit of squad rotation is likely.
Brendan Rodgers has two games to prepare for the Scottish Cup Final against Motherwell. After fielding a strong side away to Hearts at the weekend, he’ll now want to assess those on the sidelines.
With the title wrapped up and home advantage Brendan will feel more willing to make changes. Kilmarnock still pose a threat to a victory, but Steve Clarke isn’t chasing a league position with 5th place already secured.
In the top half of the league it is all about 2nd, 3rd and 4th place. And with last night’s draw between Aberdeen and Rangers at Pittodrie, the game is afoot.
What interest is this to us, I hear you ask? Well let’s be clear here – there’s only one team we want to see in 4th!
Tonight Hibs need a draw at the very least for Sunday’s show down with Rangers at Easter Road to have any meaning. Hearts can’t finish any better than 6th place.
In an Edinburgh derby you don’t want to lose to your rival, especially at home. So this game is one to watch.
Should Hibs get a draw or a win then Sunday will be huge. It’s no wonder Steven Gerrard is letting someone else take the reins for the run in.
If this all goes tits up for the Ibrox club the incoming manager won’t have any European fixtures or money. That will all go to Aberdeen and Hibs – not to mention us.
This three-way scrap will be really interesting. Probably only the second time in its existence that the split has actually proved to be worth while in my opinion.
In other news, Steven Naismith has been handed a two match ban by the SFA. It’s unclear whether this was just for the foul on Scott Brown or if it includes the foul on James Forrest, both occurring from the weekends match.
Either way, Hearts are set to appeal and Naismith will be free to play in tonight’s Edinburgh derby. Hopefully someone will put the boot in on him tonight.
So, a nice combination of two interesting games tonight. Let’s hope it’s green and white victories in Glasgow and Edinburgh.