The familiar face of Darian MacKinnon could line up against Celtic this weekend after he secured a loan move to Partick Thistle until the end of the season. (Thistle official website)

Neil Lennon takes his rejuvenated side to Firhill for Saturday’s Scottish Cup fourth round tie. The Hoops will be big favourites for the clash, especially after a much needed three week break. However, Thistle aren’t to be taken lightly and they have a number of experienced men in their ranks.

Former Hamilton stalwart MacKinnon will be a familiar face to the Celtic support. He has gone up against us on numerous occasions over the past decade wearing the hoops of Hamilton.


Alongside McKinnon, Thistle also have the likes of Gary Harkins and Stuart Bannigan. However, most of the scrutiny and pressure will be on the shoulders of Kenny Miller – who has a very interesting history with us.

It’s easy to forget that the veteran forward spent a full season with us between 2007 and 2008. Since the, he has scored a fair few goals wearing the blue of Rangers and he is always one that we must keep our eye on.

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MacKinnon and Miller should add extra element for the Celtic supporters

The match is the perfect clash to get back into the swing of things. Thistle were battered 4-1 off Dundee United at the weekend so they’re unlikely to be too full of confidence, and we could give them another torrid evening.

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By the same token it’s not some dull foregone conclusion where the players can amble about and still get the job done. The derby nature of the clash, and the fact we’re away from home, should mean that the game has a fair bit of tension. And that can only be a good thing.

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With so many big games on the horizon shortly afterwards, it is an ideal clash for the players to get back up to speed. The addition of the likes of Miller and MacKinnon is likely to add an extra element for the supporters too. That and the Saturday evening kick-off. It should be a good one.

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