Celtic face Caley Thistle threat

Celtic manager Ronnie Deila
Celtic manager Ronnie Deila

Celtic returned from Slovenia in midweek with a 1-1 draw that leaves them in pole position to qualify for the UEFA Champions League despite the embarrassment of being outplayed and outclassed in the previous round by Legia Warsaw.

With the Parkhead return against Maribor next Tuesday Ronny Delia’s men need to focus fully on this Saturday’s trip to Inverness on domestic business.

Caley Thistle have made an impressive start with seven points from three games – including two wins on the road at both Hamilton and Motherwell. The opening Premiership game at the Caledonian Stadium ended goalless against Dundee and John Hughes’ men will be desperate to chalk up their first win on home territory.

Celtic’s Norwegian Boss will be aware of the dangers of his team taking their minds off the immediate task in hand on Saturday afternoon.

“I don’t take anything for granted but I have to be pleased with the performance from Wednesday - but it’s important to be prepared for Inverness.”

Outstanding performer in the early weeks of the season for Celtic has been youngster Callum McGregor who has netted in each of the three European ties thus far. Delia acknowledged that the forward had been an unknown quality when he first arrived in Glasgow.

“I didn’t know anything about Callum before we started training so in the beginning he was just one of many but he performed well in the matches when he got his chance. He is a good player and knows what he is doing.”

Celtic may have encountered problems on foreign fields during these early weeks of the season – but as far as the Premiership is concerned thjey have chalked up two wins against Tommy Wright’s St. Johnstone and Dundee United, chalking up nine goals in the process. Whilst the Parkhead Boss is likely to make full use of his squad this weekend the travelling supporters will be looking for another convincing win ahead of midweek.