Celtic switch focus to league clash against St Mirren

Celtic's John Guidetti
Celtic's John Guidetti

The Europa League group stage programme has come to an end with Celtic – in what was effectively a dead rubber – going under to Dinamo Zagreb by the odd goal in seven.

The draw for the round of the last 32 will be made on Monday and could see the Parkhead men paired with the likes of Zenit St. Petersburg, Dinamo Kiev, Inter Milan and Everton - not to mention a re-run against Legia Warsaw which would be an interesting draw to say the least.

Before then however Ronny Delia’s men must focus on the visit of manager-less St. Mirren to the East End of Glasgow on Sunday afternoon.

John Guidetti was ineligible for Zagreb but will return on Sunday, having scored both of Celtic’s goals in the 2-1 win in Paisley back in September in the earlier meeting between the two clubs.

Scott Brown, Charlie Mulgrew James Forrest and Mikael Lustig all also missed out on the trip to Croatia but Brown at least should certainly return, having been left out on Thursday due to being just one booking away from a suspension.

Celtic will be looking to get back to winning ways following Thursday’s defeat and with four goals conceded in Zagreb a clean sheet would be a welcome priority for Delia as his team aims for an eighth consecutive win to consolidate their grip on the Premiership summit.

The Paisley outfit have endured a torrid time of late – exiting the Scottish FA Cup at the hands of Inverness Caledonian Thistle following a replay amidst a run of four consecutive League defeats without notching a solitary goal. Currently lying 11th in the Premiership with just eight points from 15 games, only goal difference separates St. Mirren from the bottom of the table and earlier this week they parted company with Manager Tommy Craig.