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Football | Europe

Kelvin Wilson © Action Images

Celtic look to bury Euro setback



Kelvin Wilson is confident Celtic can get back to winning ways against Inverness Caledonian Thistle as they prepare to clash with Terry Butcher's side in the Scottish Premier League.

The Hoops resume domestic duties at Celtic Park on Saturday after the 2-1 Champions League defeat to Benfica in Lisbon on Tuesday.

Butcher's side suffered a surprise 5-1 setback at home to Motherwell in their previous league outing.

The defeat ended a 10-match unbeaten run for Inverness and Celtic defender Wilson is wary of a fighting response from the Highlanders.

"Inverness are a team that have upset Celtic a few times over the years, and they also had a bad result last weekend as well and will be wanting to change that," the former Nottingham Forest player said.

"But we will go into the game with confidence like we do every game. The main thing is to win the match but hopefully we can also put a good performance on in front of our own fans as well."

Celtic go into the match a point clear of Hibernian at the top of the Scottish Premier League following their 2-0 win over Aberdeen last weekend.

The triumph at Pittodrie ended a run of three games without a win for Neil Lennon's side and Wilson hopes the result can help the Hoops go on a winning run in the league.

"Obviously we hadn't won in three games in the league and had dropped some points so it was vital we returned to winnings ways," Wilson said.

"We had to win the game and there was a lot of pressure on us, so hopefully now we can go on and build on it now and embark on a run in the league.

"Undoubtedly there was pressure on us with the way results had gone recently, with losing to Kilmarnock and drawing the two games. It was an early kick-off as well, so all the other teams were watching to see how we got on."

Celtic will be without a host of players for the match with Emilio Izaguirre, James Forrest and captain Scott Brown all ruled out through injury.

But with Gary Hooper, Miku, Lassad and Thomas Rogne back in contention, Lennon says he may give some other first team regulars a rest after a punishing schedule recently.

"We will have to rotate some players," Lennon admitted. "You can see that some of our regulars are feeling the demands that have been made of them and since we have a few players coming back into contention, we'll sit down and think how to use everyone to best advantage."

Elsewhere on Saturday, it's a case of second versus third as Hibernian host Aberdeen at Easter Road with both sides looking to get back to winning ways after defeats last weekend.

There is a basement battle at St Mirren Park where bottom of the league Dundee travel to take on second bottom St Mirren.

Dundee have won two of their past three matches to move to within a point of Danny Lennon's side and safety.

Motherwell will look to build on their thrashing of Inverness last week as they host Hearts at Fir Park.

Fixtures

Saturday

Motherwell v Hearts
Celtic v Inverness CT
Hibernian v Aberdeen
Kilmarnock v St Johnstone
Ross County v Dundee Utd
St Mirren v Dundee

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