The Hoops will play in front of a home crowd for the first time this year as they look to extend their winning run to three games.
It was a workmanlike performance from Neil Lennon’s side on Wednesday night as they brushed Kilmarnock aside thanks to a 3-1 win. A skilful goal by Odsonne Edouard, a tidy finish from Leigh Griffiths and a bullet header from Christopher Jullien saw the Hoops seal all three points under the floodlights of Rugby Park.
The treble treble winners will have their eyes set on Saturday’s game, especially given they’re facing County. They previously thrashed them 4-1 up in Dingwall back in December, while also battering them 6-0 two months prior.
Highlanders County sit seventh in the table, four points above the relegation playoff spot. Since returning from the winter break, they’ve played out a goalless draw with Hearts and been knocked out of the Scottish Cup by Championship side Ayr United.
Lennon opted for a 3-5-2 on Wednesday, while going for a 4-4-2 diamond last weekend. They were sides which operated differently but both garnered results, so it’ll be interesting to see how he sets his players up on Saturday.
The boss confirmed Jeremie Frimpong would miss this weekend’s match. The youngster was stretchered off against Kilmarnock after a reckless challenge by Alan Power. James Forrest is set to return to the match-day squad and is in line to make his first appearance of 2020.
Here is our predicted Celtic XI.
GK: Fraser Forster
Hasn’t had a whole lot to do these past couple games, but retains his place nonetheless.
CB: Kristoffer Ajer
Made his first start of the year against Killie and looked relatively comfortable.
CB: Christopher Jullien
Scored the third goal in Wednesday’s 3-1 win – a bullet header that proved once more how much of an aerial threat he can be.
CB: Jozo Simunovic
Started midweek to the surprise of many. Lasted the full game on a tricky surface and remains fit. Could complete a back three once again.
RWB: James Forrest
Could operate up and down that right hand-side, offering width both in attack and defence.
LWB: Jonny Hayes
The Irishman started in the win over Killie, though wasn’t exactly a standout on the left side. However, he could retain his place and operate as a wing-back once more.
CM: Callum McGregor
Picked out Griffiths with a good pass to set-up his sides second goal on Wednesday. He starts.
CM: Scott Brown (C)
Will lead the team out for the first home game of 2020.
CM: Olivier Ntcham
Completing the potential midfield trio once more is the Frenchman. His creativity and link-up play could cause County problems.
ST: Odsonne Edouard
Took his goal against Killie brilliantly; it was a testament to how good he is. The Premiership’s top scorer is one of the first names on the team-sheet.
ST: Leigh Griffiths
Two goals in two games in 2020 for the striker. Tucked his shot away nicely at Rugby Park, and looked chuffed with it too. Linked-up well with Edouard at times.