The opening League Cup semi-final, which will take place at Hampden on Saturday, pits Hibs against Celtic.
Neil Lennon’s side will go into the game feeling that they stand a legitimate chance of defeating Celtic, having come so close to winning at Parkhead when the sides met last month.
The defending champions were well beaten 3-0 by Bayern Munich in midweek, so should feel they have a point to prove in this clash.
|Game||Hibernian vs Celtic|
|Date||Saturday, October 20|
TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM
In the UK, the game will be available to watch live on television on BT Sport ESPN, as well as being available to stream live on the BT Sport app.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|BT Sport 1||BT Sport app|
SQUADS & TEAM NEWS
|Defenders||Ambrose, Hanlon, Fontaine, Porteous, Stevenson, Whittaker, Gray, McGregor|
|Midfielders||Bartley, McGinn, Slivka, Murray, Martin, Swanson, McGeouch|
|Forwards||Barker, Stokes, Matulevicius, Murray, Boyle, Shaw|
Neil Lennon must count on a squad without a couple of important defenders due to injury as both Darren McGregor and former Bristol City stalwart Liam Fontaine miss out.
Meanwhile, Israel international goalkeeper Ofir Marciano will return to the squad after his wife gave birth last weekend, causing him to miss the Aberdeen fixture. The 28-year-old should start.
Potential Hibs starting XI: Marciano; Whittaker, Ambrose, Hanlon, Stevenson; Slivka, Bartley; Boyle, McGinn, McGeouch; Stokes
|Goalkeepers||Gordon, De Vries, Hazard|
|Defenders||Simunovic, Gamba, Boyata, Lustig, Sviatchenko, Ajer, Duffy, McCart, McInroy, Ralston, Welsh, Tierney, Bell|
|Midfielders||Bitton, Roberts, Brown, Sinclair, Armstrong, Rogic, Ntcham, Benyu, McGregor, Forrest, Henderson, McLaughlin, Hill, Hendry, Eboue|
|Forwards||Griffiths, Dembele, Hayes, Edouard, Miller, Watson, Johnston, Aitchison|
Celtic also have defensive problems to contend with, despite the fact that Denmark international Erik Sviatchenko is back in training once more. The centre-back has not featured all season, while Brendan Rodgers will definitely be without Jozo Simunovic and Anthony Ralston once more.
After a busy few weeks, it would be little surprise if the manager elected to give Leigh Griffiths the opportunity for something of a breather on the bench and instead go with Moussa Dembele to lead the line, while James Forrest will also be pushing to start after a strong showing as a substitute in midweek.
Potential Celtic starting XI: Gordon; Gamboa, Boyata, Lustig, Tierney; Brown, Ntcham; Sinclair, Rogic, Roberts; Dembele
BETTING & MATCH ODDS
Celtic are strong favourites at 4/11, according to dabblebet, with Hibs priced at 13/2 to cause an upset. Although the tie will be decided on Saturday, it is 15/4 to finish all square after 90 minutes.
Brendan Rodgers has not often had to answer questions during his tenure at Celtic manager, though he did come in for some criticism following the 3-0 midweek loss against Bayern, which was branded naïve by many pundits, including outspoken former midfielder Roy Keane.
Celtic, it is claimed, were not pragmatic enough in midweek and made life too easy for the Germans. But after playing the role as underdogs in Bavaria, they are now expected to breeze past Hibs as they pursue yet another domestic title. They won the treble last term, defeating Aberdeen in the final.
This season, they have already eliminated Kilmarnock and Dundee.
Standing in their way is a Hibs side who came close to breaking Rodgers’ invincibility in Scotland less than a month ago. Two goals from John McGinn at Parkhead had the Hoops floundering, yet Callum McGregor’s 80th-minute equaliser saved the Celts.
Hibs, who came through the group stages of this competition, have only lost two matches all season, and though they went down 1-0 at home against Aberdeen last week, they should be seen as a genuine threat.