CELTIC will have Gran Canaria on their minds – but not until they take care of Kilmarnock in a vital Premiership clash.
The Hoops are heading on a sunshine break and having postponed this weekend’s meeting with St Johnstone they’ll want to cut the four-point lead Aberdeen have at the top of the table.
If Celtic lose they could be seven points adrift when they return and I can’t see them slipping up for the third time in a row after losing at Dundee United and drawing with Ross County at Parkhead.
The Hoops have a fine record at Rugby Park and the only concern is a new plastic pitch which Killie quite rightly refused to allow Celtic to train on.
Celtic have won eight of their last nine visits to Rugby Park and racked up some big scores – 3-0, 5-2, 6-0 and 4-0 among others – but that was on the grass of course.
Although Killie have won two in a row I’m on the away even though it pays no more than 1-3 at BetVictor and Ladbrokes.
I can see Celtic laying down a marker to Dons before flying away and I’m doing a small bet on them minus one at 5-6 with Paddy Power.
Celtic have dropped John Guidetti to the bench so I’m going with Kris Commons to score first at 9-2 with Paddy Power as he aims to impress. The Englishman hit a hat-trick at Rugby Park last season – albeit on grass.
Killie are short in midfield with Craig Slater banned after being sent off for his goal celebration at St Mirren. Jamie Hamill, Sammy Clingan, Daryl Westlake and Michael Ngoo are all injured.
For Killie playmaker and deadbal expert Alexei Eremenko is 16-1 at bet365 and William Hill having netted in his last two games – a penalty and a free-kick.
(5-6, Paddy Power)
Commons to score first
(9-2, Paddy Power)