Celtic will go up north on Saturday looking to remain unbeaten in Scottish competitions one more week. They haven't experienced a loss since their dismal display at Tynecastle, back in October, against Hearts (2-0), adding to that fact, they haven't lost any single point since Hibernian drew 0-0 at Celtic Park in a forgettable afternoon of poor football for the Bhoys. Since that day, Neil Lennon's squad has revived from their ashes in a phoenix-like fashion, getting on a run of 12 consecutive games winning, with mixed sensations in each match. The Hoops gave entertaining performances against Dunfermline (in the first half) or Saint Mirren at Parkhead while they've also offered below par ones against Dundee United or Saint Johnstone. The common element in all these matches has been a Celtic win at the end of the referee's whistle, so the Green and White part of Glasgow is excited right now, the poor transfer window of their neighbours has just given a bigger smile on the Celtic fans' faces.
The Bhoys can't be complacent this Saturday (in fact, they can't be during the rest of the season anymore, they shouldn't forget their horrific league start), because in front of them they'll find their "bogey team": Inverness Caley Thistle. Along with Motherwell, they are one of the teams in Scotland that use to pose a test for Neil Lennon's men, and they are looking to stun Celtic and kick them out of the competition like they did in 2003. We don't need neither to go that far to find the Highlanders beating Celtic, they just trashed Celtic title hopes nearly one year ago. It was a sunny afternoon that turned to be the darkest corner for Neil Lennon's men, an og by Mulgrew, and later goals by Munro and Sutherland, changed the expectant mood of Neil Lennon to a raging, anxious, bottle-hitting one.
Caley will up their game against Celtic, they have already done that this season, but their squad is weaker, and while they've given a game to both Celtic and Rangers, their lack of firepower have guided them to four defeats against both Glasgow teams. The last time Celtic visited the Tulloch Stadium, they beat the hosts 0-2 after a Stokes double in a tight game decided crucially by Tansey's dismissal at the 37th minute, so both teams will go to that match with some feeling of vengeance.
Put your predictions on the table. I hope that we'll see a tight, entertaining, and fair game between two commited sides. There might be some new faces in the Celtic team as Mikael Lustig looks ready for his debut, we haven't noticed any changes from Terry Butcher's men. Have a nice weekend!