Celtic v Inverness preview

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Updated: September 23, 2011

Following last weekend’s Old Firm defeat, Celtic will be expecting to get back to winning ways when SPL’s bottom side Inverness travel to Celtic Park on Saturday afternoon.

The Bhoys did win during the week in the League Cup but Neil Lennon will be keen to get three points in the SPL to maintain the pressure on rivals Rangers.

As mentioned, the Gers edged the first Old Firm of the season and with it open up a two point lead at the top at this early stage.

As for Inverness, they have just five points from their opening. They will be looking to go to Parkhead and get something and they will be buoyed by the fact that St Johnstone came away with all three points this season. In the eighteen SPL meetings between the sides, Inverness have only taken ten points.

Celtic are without the suspended Charlie Mulgrew, while fellow defender Kelvin Wilson is injured.

Midfielders Kris Commons and Scott Brown remain sidelined but Georgios Samaras and Paddy McCourt are fit.

Caley Thistle midfielder Gavin Morrison and forward Richie Foran are injury doubts, while Josh Meekings and Lee Cox are back in training but unlikely to play.

Defender Chris Hogg and midfielders Owain Tudur Jones, Jonny Hayes and Aaron Doran remain on the sidelines.

Speaking ahead of the game, Inverness manager Terry Butcher spoke to the media: “The lads know if they are not on form it could be a long afternoon but I just think the way things are, nothing is expected of us.

“We are bottom of the league, we have conceded goals in every game and a lot of people will be saying it’s a home banker. That suits us I think.

“We can go there with a free mind and a good attitude and go and enjoy it, and play the way we can play.”

Despite recent defeats to Rangers and Atletico Madrid, Celtic should have too much quality for Inverness. 3-0 is my prediction

Kick off on Saturday is 3pm.

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