Scottish football: Terry Butcher is hoping Celtic have their minds on their Champions League tie with Juventus when they come north to face Inverness tomorrow lunchtime.
But the Caley Thistle boss admitted that Neil Lennon's Hoops will be keen to perform ahead of Tuesday's tussle with the Italian champions.
Butcher said: "Whatever team Neil selects they'll be trying like mad to hold that position down for the European match."
Inverness remain second - ahead of Motherwell on goal difference - but are 15 points behind Celtic and have lost their last three matches.
The Highlanders ran out 1-0 winners at Parkhead in November but lost 4-2 to the league leaders on their own patch at the start of the season.
Fraser Forster will return in goal for Celtic having recovered from a neck injury. Lennon has worries over several others with winger James Forrest and striker Georgios Samaras out with hamstring problems. Emilio Izaguirre is a doubt but is expected to be back to face Juve.
Lennon said he was awaiting the results of a scan on Forrest's injury.
"Whether he is in the squad or not we don't know yet but we are hoping he will be in the squad for Tuesday night."
Elsewhere Kilmarnock will have to take on Motherwell at Rugby park without 10-goal striker Cillian Sheridan, who has a hamstring injury.
Manager Kenny Shiels saw several squad members leave in the transfer window and thinks his top scorer will be "out for at least a month, possibly four to six weeks."
Well boss Stuart McCall expects to have keeper Darren Randolph back. The Irish stopper has been sidelined for almost a month and missed international duty this week.
St Mirren manager Danny Lennon has no fresh injury problems before their game against Aberdeen at Pittodrie.
Opposite number Craig Brown has warned of the threat posed by Esmael Goncalves, who has scored four goals in a three-match winning streak for the Buddies.
Dundee United take on Hearts at Tannadice with both sides tied on 30 points, while Hibernian host St Johnstone in Monday night's fixture.