06 February 2019 17:30

Celtic missing five players for Hibs clash as James Forrest a doubt for Valencia test

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Manchester City have a chance to go top of the Premier League table when they face Everton tonight. Taking points off Manchester City on Wednesday would be another twist in the title race but form does not suggest Everton are capable and many of their fans won't want them to Liverpool's latest attack of stage fright means Manchester City can regain the Premier League leadership with a win at Everton on Wednesday. Jürgen Klopp's team would have a game in hand, but if City can prove unflappable at Goodison in a way their rival were unable to manage against Leicester and West Ham the sense of a pendulum swinging would surely add to the nervous tension surrounding Anfield. What Liverpool need most, apart from the break FA Cup weekend will provide to rest some weary legs and bring a few key players back from injury, is a favour from their neighbours in blue. Everton beating City, or even drawing against them as they did at the Etihad last season, would offer Liverpool some breathing space at the top of the table.

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Everton are playing so badly that beating Manchester City appears a ludicrous prospect at present, especially if Pep Guardiola's team turn up looking lean and purposeful and hungry for the points. To that end Marco Silva was hired and backed in the transfer market at the start of the season, yet the manager not only finds himself looking up the table at Wolves but also at Watford, his previous club. Silva has not so far proved capable of settling on a system that suits the players at his disposal, so each week Everton look like relative strangers to each other and often appear slow off the mark. Patience with Silva is becoming limited and, to return to the title race, if City scouts have been watching Everton in recent weeks they will have not have seen much to cause Guardiola any concern. Football is full of surprises, and it is possible the same scouts made the same sort of reports about Newcastle last month, only for City to end up ambushed on Tyneside by a team much lower down the table than Everton, yet there is a difference.

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Rafael Benítez not only enjoyed doing his old club a good turn (just as Manuel Pellegrini did when holding Liverpool to a draw this week), he has long been an acknowledged expert in setting up a defence. City are the division's top scorers – should they win at Goodison they will go back to the top of the table on goal difference – while in the 14 matches played since the start of December, including cup games against lower-league opponents, Everton have conceded 25 goals and managed clean sheets only against Bournemouth and Huddersfield. If Silva can conjure a good result it could be the one that saves him, but Everton outplaying City would be unexpected, to say the least. The only glimmer of hope for both Merseyside clubs to cling to is that City have already been beaten four times in the league this season, and no one was expecting that either. Everton also play Liverpool early next month, which theoretically gives the Blues another chance to have a say in the title argument, though the way things are shaping up the top two sides in the table will be more worried about their games against Manchester United in the coming weeks.

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RANGERS travel to Aberdeen, hoping to close the gap on Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic. CELTIC have been given an injury boost - with James Forrest set to avoid a long lay-off. Alamy Live News 1 James Forrest's injury isn't as bad as first feared Forrest hasn't ruled out being available for next week's Valencia Europa League match - if treatment goes to plan. Forrest's news is still big relief for the Celtic boss, with his squad currently decimated by injury. Odsonne Edouard also suffered an injury at the weekend, while Kristoffer Ajer is suspended for Wednesday's clash with Hibs.

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Keep up to date with ALL the latest news and transfers from Scottish football plus fixtures, results and live match commentary Celtic are back in action on Wednesday night, as they host Hibernian at Parkhead just days after beating St Johnstone. The Bhoys came through Sunday's clash with St Johnstone thanks to two late goals from James Forrest and Timothy Weah, and will be looking for similar success tomorrow night. Odsonne Edouard, Ryan Christie and James Forrest are all struggling right now, and may miss out against Hibs tomorrow night. Scott Bain should keep his place in goal ahead of Craig Gordon, whilst deadline day signing Jeremy Toljan may be in line for a start given Mikael Lustig's injury struggles. Dedryck Boyata was back in training on Monday so could partner Jozo Simunovic in the heart of the Celtic defence, with Emilio Izaguirre at left back.

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That would see Timothy Weah lead the line following his goal on Sunday, and it's unclear just what Celtic's bench could be given so many late injury calls to make. Celtic winger James Forrest speaks highly of his teammate Mikael Lustig. Celtic winger James Forrest has told The Sunday Post that he hopes that Mikael Lustig does not leave the club in the summer of 2019. According to The Sunday Post, Lustig is out of contract at Celtic at the end of the season. Celtic winger Forrest, 27, has said that he hopes that he stays at the Glasgow giants beyond the summer of 2019.

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Forrest told The Sunday Post about Lustig: "I don't know what he is going to do at the end of the season, but I hope he stays. With Lustig 32 years of age and his performances in recent times not being exactly great, it does make sense for Celtic to look for a long-term replacement. Perhaps Toljan could be that long-term replacement, while Anthony Ralston is only 20 years of age and has impressed for the Celtic senior team when he has been given the chance. CHRIS Davies believes Celtic could have been awarded two penalties by referee Willie Collum in the space of just three seconds in their Ladbrokes Premiership match against St Johnstone on Sunday. Davies felt that Brendan Rodgers's side weren't so fortunate in their game at the weekend and could have had penalties when Ryan Christie and then Odsonne Edouard went down in the second-half.

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Forwards James Forrest and Odsonne Edouard, midfielder Ryan Christie, and full-back Mikael Lustig will miss Hibs' visit to Celtic Park tomorrow after sustaining injuries during Sunday's 2-0 win against St Johnstone in Perth. Centre-back Kristoffer Ajer will also miss that match after being ordered off during the final minutes at McDiarmid Park while Scotland winger Forrest could also join left-back Kieran Tierney, a long-term absentee, in missing next week's Europa League tie at home to Valencia. "James is having a scan on his hamstring, so I'd be very surprised if he's available on Wednesday; we're not sure yet about the severity of it," said assistant-manager Chris Davies. Dedryck Boyata, Kieran Tierney, and Olivier Ntcham are all back in training and starting their work once again. Speaking to Celtic TV, Davies confirmed that both Tierney and Ntcham won't be available yet.

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Both Odsonne Edouard and Mikael Lustig also took bad knocks in Perth. Valencia have received a boost ahead of their Europa League visit to Celtic Park with the news Mestalla prodigy Ferran Torres WILL be available to play.