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Celtic vs. Hamilton Academical

Saturday 24th December

Celtic Park

Kick off: 12:30

Sky Sports 1


Following on from a fairly routine win over Partick Thistle, which saw their domestic winning streak extend to thirteen games, Celtic now turn their attention to their next opponents, Hamilton. When the sides last met earlier this month it was Celtic emerged victorious with a 1-0 victory. Come Saturday, will Celtic make it fourteen wins on the trot, or will Hamilton find a way to topple the Champions?

Celtic

Prior to the Partick Thistle game, Brendan Rodgers made clear his intent to use both Tuesday’s and this upcoming fixture as an opportunity to give some of our promising young players some game time. As such, Calvin Miller was given his first senior cap at left back, whilst Liam Henderson was given his third start of the season (winning Man of the Match in the process). It’s unlikely that Miller will start the next game, whilst Henderson may have a chance, but it’s not known what youth players are next in line for a call up. One possible candidate however is one of our summer signings, Kristoffer Ajer. Ajer, who can play operate across the midfield and in central defence, has put on a number of impressive performances for the Under-20s. This, combined with the fact that he’s already fairly experiment for his age (prior to joining Celtic he captained his former club IK Start in the Norwegian Tippeligaen (or the Eliteserien as it’s now known)), could make him a prime candidate for a call up to the senior squad.

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Celtic vs. Partick Thistle

Tuesday 20th December

Celtic Park

Kick off: 19:45


After winning their eleventh league game in a row against Dundee on Saturday, and continuing their domestic undefeated run, Celtic will be aiming to make it twelve in a row against Partick Thistle on Tuesday.

As reflected by the 4-1 score line, the last meeting between the sides earlier this month ended up being a rather one sided affair with Celtic dominating for the vast majority of the match. Brendan Rodgers would have undoubtedly been happy with that result the last time around (conceded goal aside) and will be hoping for a similar performance tomorrow.

Celtic

Tuesday night marks Celtic’s six match of the month so far, and combined with the general lethargy that many players experience at this time of the season, fatigue is likely to be Brendan Rodger’s main concern going in to the match. Whilst there may be some temptation to rest players to combat this, it’s likely that we’ll still see a fairly strong line-up come kick off.

Stuart Armstrong was the Man of the Match when the two sides last met, scoring two goals in the process. Armstrong, who stood in as captain for the suspended Scott Brown against Dundee, has arguably been our most improved player under Brendan Rodgers, and another strong performance against Partick on Tuesday would definitely go a long way in solidifying his status as one of our best players.

Elsewhere on the pitch, Leigh Griffiths is another man currently experiencing a rich vein of form, having scored three goals in his last three appearances. During our visit to Fir Park Griffiths linked up well with Armstrong, assisting with both of the latter’s goals, and also managed to net one himself. Certainly, one would think that should he start on Tuesday,...
Eleven on the bounce for dominant Celts

Celtic extended their run of wins in the Scottish Premiership to eleven thanks to a stunning free kick from Leigh Griffiths just before the break, and a well executed strike from Nir Bitton just prior to the hour mark.

Scottish Premiership
Celtic Park, Glasgow
Saturday 17th December



Celtic - 2 (Griffiths 45, Bitton 57)
Dundee - 1 (Haber 69)


Celtic continued their dominance of the Scottish Premiership with a 2-1 victory over Dundee thanks to goals from Leigh Griffiths and Nir Bitton. Celtic were without skipper Scott Brown, the influential midfielder suspended due to an accumulation of yellow cards. Despite his absence, Brendan Rodgers’ men typically began in the ascendancy and forced Dundee to defend deep in their own half in large numbers. Celtic were perhaps not at their fluid best, particularly in the second half as Dundee found a consolation goal, which seemed to cause an element of anxiety to creep into the Celtic eleven for the closing quarter of an hour or so. However, it is difficult to be too critical of a Celtic side that was missing the likes of Scott Brown, Kieran Tierney and James Forrest while there was only a place on the bench for the likes of Sinclair, Dembélé and Patrick Roberts who have been having fine seasons thus far. The fact that Brendan Rodgers was confident enough that his men could win the game without some of his key performers thus far this season is testament to the strength of the squad currently at Parkhead, highlighted in the fact Celtic were indeed able to extend their run of wins in Scotland to eleven, in what has been a demanding, if not harsh winter fixture list with no signs of easing up in the near future, with the task of overcoming Partick Thistle once more lying ahead on Tuesday night.

Despite the...
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Lindsay (61') Armstrong (39', 49') Griffiths (50') McGregor (82')

Clinical second half sees Hoops continue unbeaten run in Maryhill

Partick Thistle vs Celtic
Friday 9th December 2016
Ladbrokes Premiership
Firhill Stadium


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Celtic barely had to move out of second gear on Friday night as they eased to what was ultimately a very comfortable and deserved win against Partick Thistle. The game allowed Stuart Armstrong to continue his scintillating form with a decisive double, Leigh Griffiths scored on his return to the starting XI, while Callum McGregor also found himself on the score sheet for the second domestic game running.

Despite the slightly emphatic scoreline, Partick Thistle do deserve some credit for their showing within the opening stages of the game. They restricted the champions to very few efforts and appeared to be following up on the example shown by Motherwell last week, with a high press and aggressive style early on. However, unsurprisingly, it wasn't to last and within 15 minutes or so Celtic were firmly in the driving seat and spraying the ball about with ease, as they are now so accustomed to doing. Due to a few key changes within the starting XI, Celtic's early rustiness in certain areas was to be expected. Leigh Griffiths found himself starting for the first time in nearly a month and recent stalwart Jozo Simunovic was also dropped out of the backline, with Lustig moving in one position and Costa Rican Gamboa...
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Partick Thistle vs. Celtic

Friday 9th December

Firhill Stadium

Kickoff: 19:45

BT Sport 1



Following on from their exploits in the Champions League, Celtic once again turn their attention to domestic competition. On this occasion, they don’t have that far to travel as their opponents on Friday are their Glasgow rivals, Partick Thistle.

Celtic

It would be fair to say that last week’s seven goal thriller against Motherwell ended up being a far tighter game than many would have predicted. And considering the fact that they’ve already had to play a match this week, I’m sure the manger and players will be hoping that Friday’s game isn’t quite as dramatic.

The main talking point for Celtic going in to the match, is who Brendan Rodgers will start up front. Moussa Dembele has been our first choice striker in recent months, but given the fact he’s been going through a bit of a rough patch lately, will the manager consider resting him for this game? If so, one would imagine that Leigh Griffiths would be the man to replace him in the starting XI. Griffiths has largely been consigned to the bench in recent times, with a brief cameo appearance in the League cup final and a fifteen minute run out on Tuesday, being his most recent appearances. For someone like Griffiths, this won’t be good enough. So, should he start on Friday, you can be certain that Griffiths will be doing everything he can to convince the manager that he’s deserving of more game time.

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Could Leigh Griffiths be set for a return to the starting XI?

After pulling up with an injury and having to be subbed on Tuesday, James Forrest is unlikely to play a part...