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- Celtic are enjoying a six-game unbeaten run in the Scottish Premiership
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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers on Sportsound: “We’ve been in good form, playing really well. It will be tough today, competitive I’m sure.
“This is always a tough game. They always raise their game. We need to match that and hopefully our quality comes through.
“Tom [Rogic] had a slight issue with his knee but I would normally leave him out after he’s been away [with Australia]. We’re starting to get numbers back and that’s important for us. Olivier Ntcham will slot right in.”
Celtic winger James Forrest has
scored 12 goals in his past 11 appearances for club and country.
Five of those
goals have come in the past week during Scotland’s double-header wins over
Albania and Israel.
Jan Mucha takes his place on the Hamilton bench today after joining the club yesterday.
Goalkeeper Mucha, 35, has won 46 caps for Slovakia and has played in England, Poland and Russia as well as his homeland.
Hamilton manager Martin Canning on Sportsound: “We’ve looked at where we could improve. Different test today.
“The concentration’s got to be there and we’ve got to make sure we compete. You expect Celtic to be in good form every time you play them.
“Mickel has started the season well for us. It’s good to get James Keatings back in the squad as well. They can be lively.
“You’ve got to counter well against Celtic. Hopefully they can go and have a good day today.”
Later, the other 10 top-flight sides are in action, there’s
one Championship game and 15 Scottish Cup ties ahead of tonight’s fourth-round
draw – more on that later.
Scott McMann, Tom Taiwo and Mickel Miller are drafted in by Hamilton boss Martin Canning after the 4-0 loss at St Johnstone.
Darian MacKinnon is banned after picking up six bookings, while Mason Bloomfield and Steven Boyd drop to the bench.
Accies include new signing Jan Mucha on the bench, the veteran Slovakia goalkeeper having finalised a short-term deal yesterday.
Craig Gordon and Kieran Tierney are fit to start for Celtic after missing Scotland’s double-header and Olivier Ntcham is back to bolster central midfield. Leigh Griffiths is among the substitutes after his latest injury lay-off but there’s no sign of captain Scott Brown or Tom Rogic.
Kristoffer Ajer is recovering from the painful eye socket fracture sustained in the 0-0 draw at Livingston, with Filip Benkovic returning to partner Dedryck Boyata in central defence.
Hamilton: Woods, McGowan, McMann, Kilgallon, Tshiembe, Gordon, Taiwo, Martin, Imrie, Bingham, Miller.
Substitutes: Keatings, Bloomfield, Want, Boyd, Brustad, Sowah, Mucha.
Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Boyata, Benkovic, Tierney, McGregor, Ntcham, Christie, Forrest, Sinclair, Edouard.
Substitutes: Bain, Izaguirre, Hendry, Griffiths, Morgan, Hayes, Mulumbu.
In South Lanarkshire, Hamilton are looking to do something
they have never done – beat Celtic at the Hope Stadium or, as we traditionalists
call it, New Douglas Park.
Accies did beat Celtic in Glasgow in 2014 but you
have to go back to April 1989 for the last time Hamilton had a home win against
Celtic and that was at the former Douglas Park.
After being awash with international football for the past
fortnight, it’s back to domestic business today and there’s plenty to keep us
First up, it’s the visit of Premiership champions Celtic to Hamilton.