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.