Celtic v Motherwell Preview: Hoops & Steelmen Both Looking For Post-International Response

By Ryan McGinlay

Looking at the Location: Celtic Park (pictured) is the venue for this week’s class between Celtic and Motherwell.

Celtic Park is the destination for an important game in the cinch Premiership, as the Hoops look set to take on the Steelmen in what promises to be a tasty encounter at Parkhead.

The home side are looking to get back to winning ways after their disappointing 2-0 loss at the hands of St. Mirren a fortnight ago. Their opponents, Motherwell, are also coming into this game off the back of a defeat, with theirs coming in the shape of a 3-0 drubbing at home against Hearts.

Ange Postecoglou’s men – apart from that blip at the SMISA Stadium – have had a stellar start to the season, triumphing in every other domestic encounter thus far in the league, which gives them a two-point lead at the top of the table with 18 points heading into this week’s fixtures. Conversely, Steven Hammell’s team currently sit in a respectable 8th in the table, with 8 points separating them from both the bottom and the top of the league as things stand.

A Steelmen’s Perspective: Avid supporter and vlogger Stephen Reside gives his view.

Stephen Reside, a popular Motherwell supporter who runs ‘adifferentview’ on YouTube, is upbeat due to the change in management heading into tomorrow’s game.

He said: “I think since Stevie Hammell has come in; the difference has been clear for all to see.

“You know going to Celtic Park that you’re going to be up against it but if we can keep it quiet for the first 50 minutes there’s signs that the intensity of Postecoglou’s sides can drop. We’re now playing with a freedom and the football is good to watch.”

Reside was in no doubt for who to look out for in Saturday’s clash. He said: “Our new signing Louis Moult is definitely one to watch tomorrow, whether it be from the start or from the bench. Celtic fans certainly know what he can do, especially after his brace against them in 2015.”

“The prospect of Louis Moult and Kevin van Veen up front is absolutely mouth-watering!”

Concentrating on Celtic: Journalist and Hoops publication contributor Amy Canavan gives her take.

Amy Canavan, a contributor to ‘The Celtic Way’ and BBC Scotland, amongst other publications, believes that spectators will see a reaction from the home side tomorrow.

She said: “A response is required after the lacklustre performance and subsequent result against St. Mirren. Wrongs need to be put right and while it’s not all disastrous, of course, it is important that we as fans see an improvement on the last outing – and I have no doubt that we will.

Motherwell are a well-organised side under Stevie Hammell, so patience will be key. Celtic see a lot of the ball in the midfield, and I imagine Postecoglou will revert back to his ‘strongest’ three – Callum McGregor, Reo Hatate and Matt O’Riley.

“The latter (O’Riley) is the key man, for me. His creativity, intelligence and spontaneity missing for 75 minutes at the SMISA Stadium and will be crucial to breaking down this Motherwell side.”

With the potential for Rangers to overtake Celtic – at least momentarily – in the league standings earlier on in the day, the focus will shift to the east end of Glasgow to see if Celtic can take care of business domestically. Motherwell will not make it easy for the Parkhead side, which makes for an exciting clash come 3pm tomorrow…

Familiar Foes: Check out the last time Celtic faced Motherwell, in which the home side cruised to a 6-0 victory on “Title Day”.

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