The Celtic quandary facing Alan Stubbs this weekend

By Hamish Carton

September 13, 2019

Former Celtic hero Alan Stubbs faces a bit of a quandary this weekend.

The 47-year-old, who has managed Hibernian and St. Mirren in recent years, will have his eyes fixed on the television at Neil Lennon’s side travel to Hamilton Accies. In fact, the Englishman may even be at New Douglas Park for the Saturday noon kick-off – as his son plies his trade for the hosts.

20-year-old Sam is on loan at the Lanarkshire side from Middlesbrough. A centre-back, just like his old man, the youngster has not missed a minute of football for his new club since signing at the start of August.

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And speaking ahead of Saturday’s clash, he says he reckons he can count on his father’s support – even against his beloved Celtic.

“I think he’ll be in the Hamilton camp,” Stubbs told Clyde 1.

“He’s going to come up so I think he and the family will be supporting Hamilton.

“I’ve asked him a few bits about them (Celtic) but in terms of handling the occasion and advice, not really. I’d like to think hopefully I can do that on my own.

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“Obviously the champions are coming and we want to get a good result.

“I think there is no point in us playing if there wasn’t that belief.”

Stubbs is in for a tough afternoon against Celtic

The youngster has dealt with his early days in Scottish football pretty well, but it’s fair to say that this weekend’s clash will be by far his biggest challenge yet.

He’ll have to contend with the most potent attack in the league by far. Lennon’s slick Celts have already bagged 17 goals in four league games and will fancy their chances of keeping up that terrific ratio with a confident win in Lanarkshire.

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The Hoops have shown a terrific ability of being able to get back in games after conceding the first goal so it’s not even as if Accies could unsettle us by doing that. We bounced back against Motherwell a month ago and have also come from behind in a few European matches.

It’s very difficult to see a scenario where we don’t get the three points tomorrow.