“Maybe it’s just me?” Brendan Rodgers asked himself today as he considered his record at Easter Road, where he has so far failed to get a victory as Celtic manager. He had noted that other Celtic managers such as Ange Postecoglou, Neil Lennon and Ronny Deila could all win there so tomorrow night will be as good a time as any to put that sorry record to bed and leave Leith with the three points.
Brendan Rodgers and Liam Scales were on media duties at Lennoxtown this afternoon ahead of tomorrow’s vital match in the Scottish Premiership title race. Hibs lost 3-0 at home to St Mirren at the weekend where Celtic loan Bhoy Kwon was a standout, while Celtic dropped two points at Pittodrie with a 1-1 draw against Aberdeen.
The Dons will have their new manager Neil Warnock in the dug-out this evening at Ibrox and today Brendan Rodgers sent him a warning about the pitches, the media and the refereeing in Scottish football. A 3-0 win for theRangers would be enough for them to go to the top of the table for the first time since 2nd February 2022. Hopefully Warnock can get off to a flyer this evening and Aberdeen can take something from the game.
For the Celtic manager and the left sided central defender, that’s unimportant as the focus is on Celtic’s own performance against Hibs, who held Celtic to a frustrating 0-0 draw earlier in the season on their home turf.
The Celtic squad came through the match at Pittodrie unscathed and injury free. No-one from the injury list is back this evening but Greg Taylor is back training and is touch and go for a return against St Mirren in the Scottish Cup on Sunday. Cameron Carter-Vickers (hamstring) and Reo Hatate (calf) remain sidelined for now.
Daizen Maeda is back from the Asian Cup and trained today, with Brendan Rodgers revealing that the Japanese forward is in better condition now than when he left for Qatar, as he has now shaken off the after effects of his previous injury and is now fully up to speed. Rodgers confirmed that Daizen told him this morning that he is ready to play if selected.
Joe Hart, outstanding at Pittodrie, will be in goals. The back four will be Alistair Johnston, Maik Nawrocki, Liam Scales and Alexandro Bernabei (who had a decent first half against Aberdeen but seems to be a whipping boy this days, Bhoy hadn’t played in months then he’s starting).
In the middle of the park we’ll hopefully get more than at the weekend from our captain Callum McGregor, Matt O’Riley and Paulo Bernardo.
And the front three is anyone’s guess as Celtic clearly have problems and alternatives in all three positions. We could see Daizen Maeda replacing Luis Palma, with Kyogo and Liel Abada retaining their starting slot. With Adam Idah and Nicolas Kuhn joining Palma on the bench with the likes of Scott Bain, Stephen Welsh, Anthony Ralston Rocco Vata and Odin Thiago Holm.
So we reckon that Brendan will go with the following team:
Hart; Johnston, Nawrocki, Scales, Bernabei; McGregor (c), O’Riley, Bernardo; Abada, Kyogo and Maeda
The referee for the Hibs v Celtic match will be Nick Walsh, who will be assisted by Dougie Potter and Ross Macleod. The Fourth Official will be Euan Anderson while Andrew Dallas will be taking care of the VAR duties assisted by Andrew McWilliam.
Kick Off Time and Stadium Entry Details
The Hibs versus Celtic Scottish Premiership match takes place Easter Road on Wednesday, February 7, 2024 and the game has a kick-off time of 8pm. Celtic received an allocation of 3,624 tickets for this match and supporters are urged to get there as early as possible due to the usual difficulties getting into the ground at this stadium.
Celtic FC SLO John Paul Taylor advises as follows: Gates open 6:45/7pm latest. Ticket checks on approach on Albion Rd. CSC Banners 2m x 1m. No large bags. Stadium is cashless. Road Works on London Road and on Easter Rod. North Bridge closes at 8pm and will be closed after the match. Pavement Parking ban now in place.
Hibs Info for Wed:
Gates open 6:45/7pm latest
Ticket checks on approach on Albion Rd
CSC Banners 2m x 1m
No large bags
Stadium is cashless
Road Works on London Rd & on Easter Rd
North Bridge closes at 8pm and will be closed after the match
Pavement Parking ban now in place pic.twitter.com/cr0Y1UoWkz
— CELTIC FC SLO (@CelticFCSLO) February 5, 2024
Where to Watch
The Hibs v Celtic match will be shown live on Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event with the broadcaster’s coverage starting at 7pm. Match highlights can be watched on Sportscene on BBC One Scotland at 10.40pm. The game will also be available live to Celtic TV subscribers living outside of Britain and Ireland.
LIVE* on Celtic TV this Wednesday
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— Celtic TV (@CelticTV) February 6, 2024
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Celtic will make no mistake with this one after the frustration of dropping points at Pittodrie. Expect a 2-0 victory for the Bhoys with Kyogo and Matt O’Riley getting the goals.