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Match Preview: Celtic (A)

The Hibees head to Celtic Park for our first match of 2022. Get the lowdown on our cinch Premiership clash with Celtic on Monday 17 January; 7:45pm kick-off.

THE LOWDOWN

Following the winter break being pulled forward due to coronavirus restrictions, this will be our first game of 2022, with Shaun Maloney looking to build on his 100% record during his time in the dugout.

Maloney will return to Celtic Park for the first time as a Manager - a club where he made over 200 appearances and won multiple honours as a player.

The fixture will see a return of full capacity crowds, with restrictions on the number of fans who can attend outdoor sporting events lifted as of next week.

We come into the game well rested after a three week break from competitive action. In our last match before the break, we ended 2021 on a high – comfortably beating Dundee United 3-1 at Tannadice Park on Boxing Day.

That was our third league win in a row – lifting us up to fifth place in the cinch Premiership, two points behind Motherwell in the European places.

TEAM NEWS

Shaun Maloney has six new additions to his squad. Harry Clarke, Rocky Bushiri and Elias Melkerson were all signed this window as well as Chris Mueller and Dylan Tait who also joined up with the squad in January and could make their Hibernian debuts.

Attacking midfielder, Ewan Henderson put pen to paper earlier this month, initially on loan – but he is unavailable to play against his parent club.

Kyle Magennis was back training this week, recovering from a groin injury which has kept him out since September 2021.

THE HOSTS

Celtic Manager, Ange Postecoglou has also been busy during the January transfer window. The Hoops have added Japanese trio, Daizen Yosuke, Yosuke Ideguchi and Reo Hatate to their squad, as well as Johnny Kenny who has signed from Sligo Rovers.

The Hoops come into this fixture unbeaten in their last 17 matches domestically, stretching back to September.

HEAD TO HEAD

Our last match with Celtic ended in a disappointing 2-1 defeat in the Premier Sports Cup Final last month. Despite a good second half performance, luck did not go our way and ultimately we came out second best at Hampden.

Our record versus The Hoops has returned mixed fortunes of late (two defeats and three draws in our last five meetings).

Our last victory over Celtic came in December 2018 – a 2-0 victory at Easter Road. With our last win at Celtic Park dating back to January 2010, Anthony Stokes and Daniel Galbraith on the scoresheet for Hibs that day.