Either Kyle Lafferty or John Fleck will partner Kris Boyd up front.
Madjid Bougherra will also miss the Scottish Premier League trip to Celtic Park after joining up with the rest of the Algeria squad ahead of the African Nations Cup, paving the way for Danny Wilson's return to the first team.
Nacho Novo and Sasa Papac are both struggling with a sickness bug, while Kevin Thomson, DaMarcus Beasley and Steven Naismith are likely to remain on the sidelines.
Kick-off at Parkhead is 12.30pm.
Gers (from): McGregor, Papac, Smith, Weir, Broadfoot, Davis, McCulloch, Novo, Whittaker, Lafferty, Boyd, Little, Edu, Fleck, Wilson, Alexander, Ness, Loy.