Celtic V Inverness CT at Celtic Park : Match Preview

26 April 2014 12:01
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Pair passed fit for Celtic

Adam Matthews and Charlie Mulgrew are back in the Celtic squad for the Scottish Premiership clash against Inverness at Parkhead on Sunday.

Both players have recovered from their respective hamstring injuries, while manager Neil Lennon is hoping to have right-back Mikael Lustig available after his recovery from a hip operation.

Midfielder Nir Biton and wide man James Forrest remain out with groin injuries, along with winger Derk Boerrigter, who has an abdominal problem.

Lennon has tasked his players with winning all four of their remaining fixtures in order to get over the 100-point mark for the season

"We're playing well," he said. "We're playing with a bit of verve and particularly going forward, we're looking very good.

"We've got four games to go and we need to win all four. It would be a nice marker to finish the season with.

"We're playing a good brand of football and most people would agree with that, even our harshest critics.

"We scored 92 goals last season and we're on 85 this year with four games to go, so even the 100-goal target is not beyond us."

Inverness full-back Graeme Shinnie will return from suspension but David Raven is doubtful after picking up a groin injury in training.

Captain Richie Foran will be out for a few more weeks following surgery on his knee.

Boss John Hughes will be twice shy at Parkhead after being bitten by the champions in their last meeting in Glasgow.

Caley picked up a creditable point in a 2-2 draw at Celtic last August, but when trying to be more expansive in their return in March, they were handed a 5-0 thrashing by Lennon's men.

Former Hoops defender Hughes admitted he will be taking measures to ensure there is no repeat.

He said: "We felt at that time that we were in good form and could go down there and play an open game.

"It backfired on us, so we have to be more cautious in our approach and how we go about the game, in order to keep ourselves in the match.

"But I have to say, although Celtic beat us by five and they were worthy winners, some of the goals we lost that day were poor goals, very uncharacteristic of us.

"Hopefully, we have had our shot of giving away sloppy goals and we will be more solid, resolute, and try to let Celtic know they have been in a game."

Source: PA

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