Scottish football: After their heroic midweek defeat in Barcelona, Scottish Premier League leaders Celtic will look to get back to winning ways against visitors Kilmarnock tomorrow.
The Hoops were widely praised for their Champions League display in the Nou Camp and were distraught after Jordi Alba’s 90th-minute goal denied them a famous point.
But the Scottish champions will look to put that behind at Celtic Park tomorrow afternoon and though a doubt hangs over Georgios Samaras, who picked up an injury after putting Neil Lennon’s men ahead in Spain, Killie manager Kenny Shiels is expecting a tough contest.
He said: “I thought Celtic were fantastic [against Barcelona]. They went as massive underdogs to get something from the game and normally it is a role reversal. Now they know how we feel.
“When we go there on Saturday, we are going to be similar to what they were when they went to Barcelona.
“We will be looking for an edge and who knows, it’s football.”
Not everyone was as impressed with the Hoops’ battling defeat in the Nou Camp, with former Barca and Real Madrid midfielder Bernd Schuster slamming Neil Lennon’s tactics.
Regardless, the narrow loss to one of the greatest sides club football has ever seen is sure to encourage the title holders as they continue their defence.
Elsewhere second-placed St Johnstone will look to keep in touch with the Hoops when they go to the Caledonian Stadium to face Inverness.
They go in search of a sixth-straight league win but will have to do so without the services of forward Steven MacLean (dislocated elbow).
Inverness are also in fine form with three consecutive victories but they will once again miss skipper Richie Foran (knee), though goalkeeper Ryan Esson may return.
Financial issues may be dominating the agenda at Tynecastle in a week that saw Hearts hit with a 60-day transfer embargo and led to a share offer that could see supporters take a 10 per cent stake in the club.
But John McGlynn’s side will be hoping to put a poor run of three defeats in four behind them when Ross County visit Tynecastle tomorrow.
Aberdeen lie third and will be looking to claim three points when bottom side Dundee visit Pittodrie.
Gary Naysmith returns from a hamstring injury for the hosts, though Andrew Considine (foot) and Ryan Jack are both out, while Mark Kerr (knee) is the latest to be added to Dundee’s injury list.
Rivals Dundee United are second-bottom and travel to St Mirren, who recall Thomas Reilly after an ankle injury.
Finally in Division Three league leaders Rangers travel to struggling Clyde on Sunday as they seek to claim their first away win of the season.
Boss Ally McCoist said: “I’m hoping the fact we went top of the league on Saturday might have an effect on the players and we can go to Broadwood confident.”
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