CELTIC’S recent home form has been patchy but they couldn’t have asked for better opponents tonight as they look to set the record straight.
The Hoops’ last Parkhead outing saw Leigh Griffiths rescue them with a last-gasp winner against Partick Thistle for a first win in five home games in all competitions.
That run included a 0-0 draw with Kilmarnock and 2-1 defeat to Hamilton and tonight it’s another bottom-six side looking to stage a surprise as Hamilton head to Glasgow’s east end.
Accies famously won at Celtic Park under Alex Neil a couple of seasons ago but are now stuck in a rut with just one win in their last 13 Premiership games and none in their last six.
They were also humiliated 4-1 by League Two Annan in the Cup and the 18-1 at bet365 for Martin Canning’s men to triumph tonight says it all about their plight.
Celtic are just 2-11 at totesport but should win with plenty to spare now the feelgood factor is returning to Parkhead.
Ronny Deila’s men thumped Dundee United 4-1 away on Friday night and the arrival of £1.5million new boy Erik Sviatchenko has given the club a big boost although he won’t play tonight.
Their last meeting with Hamilton was a 4-0 thrashing and the Hoops on the minus two goal handicap pays 5-4 at Coral against an Accies side who have shipped four to Annan, Inverness and Dundee and three to Ross County and Motherwell in recent games.
Elsewhere, Forfar host junior side Linlithgow Rose in a Scottish Cup replay and there should be goals again after the 3-3 draw in the first tie. Both teams to score pays 19-20 at Ladbrokes.
Holders Inverness should see off Stirling at home in the replay but are just 1-5 at the likes of McBookie. Caley should score at least two against the bottom-tier outfit who’ve conceded six in their last two league outings.
There’s also eight FA Cup ties tonight where team news is vital, especially when Premier League sides are involved as some of them will field weakened sides.
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