Any Celtic fans hesitant about this Saturday’s Betfred Cup clash against Dunfermline should be settled by a very positive stat.
Neil Lennon’s men host the Championship outfit this weekend as they aim to progress in the tournament they’ve won in each of the past three seasons. And while they haven’t faced the Pars in that timeframe, they do have a terrific recent record against them.
Celtic have won their past ten clashes against the Fife side in all competitions. That record stretches all the way back to 2005 when the Pars got a surprise league victory in Glasgow.
But that result seems to have sprung the Hoops into life, and they’ve gone on to win the last ten – scoring 28 goals and conceding 6.
Celtic and Dunfermline haven’t met in seven years
However, the last meeting between the sides was all the way back in 2012 when James Forrest netted the clincher in a 2-0 win. The Hoops winger is likely to be one of the major threats to the Pars’ defence this Saturday but he may also be rested with bigger games on the horizon.
If he is then many Celtic fans would like to have a look at Marian Shved. The young Ukrainian has only been seen on a few occasions so far this season but he did net a terrific goal after coming on as a substitute in Estonia. Shved being given 90 minutes to showcase his talents in front of the Celtic support sounds like an ideal opportunity for both to get used to each other.
Other Celtic changes could see Craig Gordon reinstated to the starting line-up, while Christopher Jullien and Vakoun Issouf Bayo could also see game time.