Celtic will travel to Rugby Park this Sunday to face Kilmarnock in match-day two of the Scottish Premiership season.
Neil Lennon’s side kicked their 2020/21 campaign off in style last weekend after strolling to a 5-1 home victory over Hamilton Accies.
Odsonne Edouard bagged a stylish hat-trick while Jeremie Frimpong and Patryk Klimala also got involved in the action.
Things didn’t go according to plan for Killie, who slumped to a 2-1 defeat to Jack Ross’ clinical Hibs side. Chris Burke’s pinpoint free-kick just before half-time wasn’t enough to salvage a comeback in Edinburgh.
The champions last met the Ayrshire outfit six months ago and strolled to a 3-1 win at Celtic Park. Killie have failed to beat, or even draw, with the Hoops in their last six attempts; the aggregate score in that time stands at 16-4.
Saying that, no game is ever easy against Alex Dyer’s men.
Here is our predicted XI for this weekend’s fixture.
GK: Scott Bain
Bain hasn’t slipped up yet in order to warrant being dropped. New signing Barkas may have to wait a while longer to make his debut.
RB: Jeremie Frimpong
Has been a breath of fresh air since signing from Man City. Bagged a goal last weekend and looked lively throughout.
CB: Kristoffer Ajer
Rumours about his future have been doing the rounds once more. However, he remains a regular at the back, for now, at least.
CB: Christopher Jullien
Another key figure in the squad. Always a possibility that he can chime in with a goal, as well as being a rock at the back.
LB: Greg Taylor
Has trained recently despite an injury worry. With Bolingoli phased out, Taylor should retain his place.
CM: Scott Brown
Will lead the Hoops out into their first competitive away fixture of the season.
CM: Callum McGregor
Remained a calm head in midfield last Sunday. Will contribute his long-lasting partnership with Broony in central midfield.
CAM: Ryan Christie
Debate continues over who should start: Christie or Ntcham? Both are talented players in their own right, but Lennon might opt for the Scottish international from the start once again.
RW: James Forrest
Registered an assist against Hamilton after linking up well with Edouard. Remains a regular.
LW: Mohamed Elyounoussi
Looked a real threat when going forward and certainly didn’t lack match sharpness. He can be a key player for us this season.
ST: Odsonne Edouard
Who better to lead the line? Looked to threaten Accies constantly in and around their box, and hit them where it hurt not once, but three times. I’d be surprised if he didn’t chime in with yet another goal/s this Sunday.