Celtic v Kilmarnock Team News and Preview

Updated: March 17, 2012

Celtic go into Sunday’s Scottish League Cup Final with their 17 match winning streak having been recently broken, though they are still to suffer domestic defeat since last October;  a 22 match run.

With a 21 point lead atop the Scottish Premier League table; Celtic are Scottish champions in every way bar mathematically.  Kilmarnock’s task in beating them is a big one.

The outsiders will be hoping that young Irish striker Paul Heffernan will have recovered from a groin injury in time for Sunday’s 3p.m. Hampden kick-off as they need to have all possible goalscoring opportunities on the field of play.  Centre-backs Ryan O’Leary and Manuel Pascali remain on the long-term injury list.  There is some good news however for the side as Dean Shiels returns from suspension.   Dieter van Turnhout has recovered from a hamstring strain and should be fit to play.

Scottish champions elect Celtic hope to welcome South Korean midfielder Ki Sung-yueng back to action having returned to training after a groin strain.  Aside from that; the Glasgow club appear to have a clean bill of health going into the weekend. With the more settled side and a deeper squad; especially at the pivotal centre-half positions where Killie will have to employ a relatively untried partnership due to injuries to the pivotal first choice centre-half pairing.  Celtic are a best priced 3/10 with Killie 10/1 to triumph.   It’s a brave man who would take the latter bet.  Celtic at +2 goals are 9/2 which looks to be the bet of the day for this game.  Sunday will see Celtic continue on their road to a domestic treble.

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