30 December 2020 16:39
Get all the very latest news in Ireland straight to your email every single day Sign up! Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Celtic take on Dundee United today as Neil Lennon's side look to build on a decent run of form and take confidence into the New Year's Day Old Firm derby. Today's visitors to Parkhead are fifth in the Scottish Premiership table, while second-placed Celtic are hoping to close the gap to league leaders Rangers. The Hoops are currently 16 points behind Steven Gerrard's men with three games in hand. Elsewhere today, Rangers visit seventh-placed St Mirren.
Here's a look at some of the key details ahead of Celtic v Dundee United. When and where is the match? The match takes place on Wednesday, December 30 at Parkhead. (Image: SNS Group) What time is it on at? Kick-off for this festive fixture is at 3pm in the afternoon.
"We may look in the wide area but Jamesy (Forrest) is not a million miles away, Mikey Johnston is now almost fully fit as well. "So I don't know, you're always looking at options that might become available but we haven't really stuck a blow in any direction regarding that. "I wouldn't be doing four or five anyway. "We just have to suck it and see as we go along. "At the minute I'm quite content, we've only got one injury in the squad. The squad's vibrant and Jamesy will hopefully be back in training in a couple of weeks." Fixture: Celtic vs Dundee United Competition: Scottish Premiership Kick-off: 15:00 UK time Celtic have confirmed their starting line-up and substitutes to welcome Dundee United to Celtic Park this afternoon in the Scottish Premiership. Neil Lennon's men have had a confidence boost through winning the Scottish Cup and will be keen to make sure they continue on winning ways today against Dundee United, as they prepare for the weekend's Glasgow derby. They play a Dundee United side sitting fifth in the Scottish Premiership standings after picking up 25 points from their opening 20 games; Celtic beat Dundee United away from home in August. In goal for this afternoon's game Lennon goes with Vasilis Barkas, while in defence the Celtic manager picks Jeremie Frimpong and Diego Laxalt as full-backs, and Kristoffer Ajer and Christopher Jullien in the centre. Further up the pitch Celtic have David Turnbull and Ismaila Soro looking to control midfield, while Ryan Christie and Callum McGregor also start. Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths provide the goal threat. Lennon has options on the bench to shake things up if needed, including skipper Scott Brown, Mohamed Elyounoussi and Nir Bitton. Celtic Team vs Dundee United Barkas, Frimpong, Jullien, Ajer, Laxalt, Turnbull, Soro, McGregor, Christie, Edouard, Griffiths Substitutes: Hazard, Taylor, Duffy, Bitton, Brown, Ajeti, Rogic, Johnston, Elyounoussi Celtic forward Odsonne Edouard needs to play alongside a strike partner if he is to produce his dazzling best – and Leigh Griffiths is the ideal facilitator. That is the view of ex-Rangers man Alan Hutton, who spoke exclusively with Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams ahead of Celtic's meeting with Dundee United this afternoon. Edouard was on target from the spot against Hamilton on Boxing Day and has six goals in the league – nine in all competitions – for Celtic this season. But the 22-year-old Frenchman hasn't scored from open play in the Scottish Premiership since a hat-trick on the opening day of the season, also against Hamilton. Hutton has offered his verdict on the situation, suggesting that Edouard's contribution is greater than simply sticking the ball in the back of the net, but that he needs another man up front with him if he is to sparkle. "Even though his goalscoring record hasn't been great, he does add to the team with different attributes. But I think when you play with two up front that's when you see the best of him," he told Football Insider. "I think when he's up top with the likes of Leigh Griffiths, Griffiths can be the focal point that allows Eduoard to move about, to get on the ball and make things happen. "There have been times recently where his form hasn't been great, but so did most of the team's. I don't think you can just single him out… "In recent games, I think we're starting to see the best of him. Sometimes I think when he plays on his own they lean too heavily on him to go and do some magic, to go and make something happen." Edouard has been heavily linked with a move to either AC Milan or Juventus in recent weeks. However, in the past few days, it has been reported that if the former-PSG is to leave, it will not be in January. In other news, a Scottish football expert has said the Bhoys are plotting major January transfer business. CELTIC boss Neil Lennon has recalled goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas and paired Leigh Griffiths and Odsonne Edouard up top together once again for today's clash with Dundee United. The Hoops duo have started the last two games and were both on the scoresheet last time out against Hamilton Accies. 2 Neil Lennon will be desperate for another Celtic win ahead of Rangers clash Credit: Kenny Ramsay - The Sun Glasgow 2 Griffiths and Edouard both scored last time out for Celtic at Hamilton Credit: Getty Images - Getty Scotland international Griffiths is in top form with three goals in his last three games and looks to be getting back to his best with Saturday's Old Firm showdown with Rangers on the horizon. But all focus will be on today's meeting at Parkhead with Micky Mellon's men with all three points a must ahead of the derby. Celtic vs Dundee United starting XIs Barkas returns to the starting line-up Celtic XI: Barkas, Jullien, Griffiths, Soro, Turnbull, Christie, Edouard, Frimpong, Ajer, McGregor, Laxalt Subs: Hazard, Taylor, Duffy, Bitton, Brown, Ajeti, Rogic, Johnston, Elyounoussi Dundee United XI: Siegrist, Smith, Connolly, Reynolds, Pawlett, McNulty, Clark, Edwards, Robson, Harkes, Shankland Subs: Deniz, Sporle, powers, McMullan, Bolton, Fotheringham, Appere, Neilson, Hutchinson Celtic trail the Light Blues at the top of the Premiership table by 16 points - having played three games less - and can't afford to drop further points in their bid to win a historic ten-in-a-row. The big news is the return of Greek international goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas, with Conor Hazard dropping to the bench. Elsewhere, there are places for the likes of Ismaila Soro and David Turnbull in midfield, with Diego Laxalt preferred to Greg Taylor at left back. Dundee United have made an excellent transition to life as a top flight team once again and find themselves flying high in fifth spot. Nicky Clark grabbed a last-gasp leveller last time out against Motherwell and United boast dangerous players in the attacking third with the likes of Clark, Marc McNulty and Scotland star Lawrence Shankland all posing a real danger in front of goal. Both sides will be keen to end 2020 on a high and give their loyal supporters something to cheer heading into 2021. Keep up to date with ALL the latest news and transfers at the Scottish Sun football page