Celtic will bid to record a 12th successive league win when they face Hibernian at Easter Road on Wednesday evening. At a time when the visitors are nine points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership standings, Hibs are seventh despite returning to winning ways last time out. Hibernian vs Celtic Scottish Premiership.
For all their dominance in the top flight this campaign, Celtic cannot claim to have been at their best during their recent fixtures.
Hibernian vs Celtic Scottish Premiership
Four wins in a row by one-goal margins came last before their home match with St Johnstone, and Ange Postecoglou would have demanded his players put on a show against one of the division’s most improved outfits.
The Australian got what he wanted, scoring a consolation goal for the visitors before Celtic made it four in the 52nd minute.
Although their clean sheet stretched to just one shutout in six outings, Postecoglou will not dwell too much on that statistic as he and his team bid to stem the growing momentum elsewhere in Glasgow.
That looks particularly true for this game with a defeat at Easter Road giving Rangers the chance to potentially move within three points if they manage to win the Old Farm derby at Ibrox on January 2.
At a Glance Hibernian
From Hibs’ perspective, a run of seven defeats from eight league matches puts Lee Johnson’s long-term future at the club in some jeopardy.
However, the Edinburgh-based club produced one of their more impressive performances of the season on Christmas Eve, winning 4-0 against Livingston.
Although Hibs were helped by an early send-off, conceding four times in 17 minutes either side of half-time could have built confidence before trying to pull off a push against the leaders.
Despite Hibs’ poor recent form, they remain in the mix for third place, with just two points separating the teams between that position and eighth place.
Celtic This Season
With that fixture out of the way, Johnson’s side can rest a little easier with the top two out until the end of February, yet that’s not to say they can’t get a positive result by playing under less pressure on Wednesday.
Given the opportunity to rest players during the final half-hour against St Johnstone, Postecoglou may opt to keep the same Celtic XI.
However, Jota and Lille Abada are both in contention to withdraw, with many players hopeful of a return to the final third.
Hibernian possible starting lineup:
Marshall; Cadden, Bushiri, Hanlon, Stevenson; Porteous, Newell; Magennis, Campbell, Youan; Nisbet
Celtic possible starting lineup:
Hart; Hatate, Carter-Vickers, Starfelt, Taylor; O’Riley, McGregor, Mooy; Forrest, Furuhashi, Maeda
Prediction Hibernian vs Celtic Scottish Premiership
We say: Hibernian 1-2 Celtic
Celtic have broken their streak of thrashing in recent games by getting past St Johnstone, yet we feel they may have to work harder here. Still, we can’t back down against the leaders, who can win with a clean sheet to boot.