Celtic and Hibernian must be very motivated going into their Premiership game set to be played at Parkhead. Both teams would be expected to be keen to start the second half of the campaign in the best possible fashion following the winter break. Their last encounter, the Scottish League Cup final, was also a memorable affair and might end up providing Shaun Maloney’s side with an extra push.
Celtic came from behind on that occasion, thanks to a brace from Kyogo Furuhashi, to seal a 2-1 win and lift the Scottish League Cup.
Celtic are expected to be without the Japanese star on this occasion though as it looks like he still has not recovered from his injury. He was not even fully fit for the final but rose to the occasion to make a difference.
Amidst all this, Hibernian captain, Paul Hanlon, has admitted that team bonding has been difficult in the current scenario. As reported by The Scotsman, he said:
“The team-bonding side of it is difficult.
“We are still split among a few different changing-rooms in the training ground, so that day-to-day contact is not what it used to be and any social activities just don’t happen now.”
Hibernian captain makes big admission before Celtic game
It will be interesting to see how things are for Celtic, who have a few new signings at the club as well, having made four additions in the January transfer window.
Out of them, it might be the easiest for Daizen Maeda to settle into his new surroundings, having already played in Europe, with Maritimo in Portugal, and under the management of Postecoglou during their time together at Yokohama F. Marinos.
But it must be said that there are big expectations from Reo Hatate, Yosuke Ideguchi and Johnny Kenny as well while the possibility of more signings this month cannot be ruled out either.
It will be interesting to see whether some of the club’s new signings end up making their debuts against Hibernian, especially with the likes of Jota, Kyogo, David Turnbull and a few others looking set to be miss out.
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