Motherwell defender Jake Carroll will miss his side’s clash against Celtic on Saturday after accepting a two-match ban.

STV report that 27-year-old Carroll was cited for serious foul play after an incident in the Steelmen’s draw against Livingston on Saturday. The player and club decided to accept the charge and that will now see him miss his side’s next two matches.

Carroll was making his league debut against Livingston after joining Steven Robinson’s side over the summer.

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Motherwell will be a stern test for Celtic

It will be interesting to see what Motherwell turn up at Fir Park on Saturday. Traditionally, it’s been a pretty challenging game for Celtic. We dropped two daft points there last season despite dominating large parts of the game. A similar slip won’t be as easily tolerated this time around.

 

Robinson’s side are still yet to concede a goal in five matches this season. They breezed through their Betfred Cup group – winning all four matches and scoring 13 goals.

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Their goalless draw at the Tony Macaroni Arena was less convincing but they’ll still be a tough nut to crack on their own patch. The fact the game comes between two crucial Champions League qualifiers makes it even more of a challenge.

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Neil Lennon is likely to make some changes for the noon kick-off but he can’t afford to overdo it. The big games are going to be around every three or four days for Celtic this season. It’s a fine balancing act between utilising your squad and changing for the sake of change.

We’ll have all the build up to the game on the site on Thursday, Friday and ahead of kick-off on Saturday!

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