Celtic v St Johnstone preview

Team news for Celtic's Scottish Premier League clash against St Johnstone at Parkhead on Boxing Day.

Last Updated: 24/12/10 at 07:45

Hooper: Ankle problem

Hooper: Ankle problem

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Celtic will be without Gary Hooper after the striker was ruled out for up to six weeks with an ankle injury.

But Beram Kayal (hernia), Mark Wilson (groin) and Efrain Juarez (illness) are all back in contention, while Scott Brown is pushing for his first start for 10 weeks.

Shaun Maloney (ankle) and Glenn Loovens (knee) remain out.

St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes is without suspended duo Jody Morris and Jamie Adams.

Adams serves the second of a two-match ban and Morris also sits out the Boxing Day clash at Celtic Park.

Murray Davidson picked up an ankle knock in training but should be okay for the trip to the east end of Glasgow.

Celtic (from): Forster, Cha, Majstorovic, Rogne, Ledley, Ki, Murphy, Stokes, Samaras, McCourt, Forrest, Zaluska, Kayal, McGinn, Izaguirre, Brown, Wilson, Juarez.

St Johnstone (from): Enckelman, Grainger, Duberry, MacKay, Anderson, Craig, Davidson, Taylor, Millar, MacDonald, Samuel, Parkin, Maybury, May, Durnan, Duffy, Caddis, McIntosh.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Scottish Football Fixtures

Friday, 30 January 2015
19:45
Partick v St Mirren  
Saturday, 31 January 2015
15:00
Dundee v Hamilton  
Inverness v Ross Co  
Motherwell v St J'stone  
Saturday, 07 February 2015
Aberdeen v Ross Co  
Hamilton v Kilmarnock  
Wednesday, 11 February 2015
19:45
Partick v Celtic  
Saturday, 14 February 2015
12:45
St J'stone v Celtic  
15:00
Dundee v Partick  
Kilmarnock v Dundee U  

Footer 365

Copa del Rey: Luis Enrqique says Neymar had to be substituted against Atletico Madrid to prevent injury

Luis Enrique says he had to substitute Neymar to prevent him from being injured in an ugly cup tie with Atletico.

Capital One Cup: Nigel Clough praises battling Sheffield United after Tottenham reach final

Nigel Clough was left to ponder what might have been after Spurs dashed Sheffield United's Capital One Cup final dreams.

Capital One Cup: FA charges Chelsea striker Diego Costa over 'stamp' on Liverpool's Emre Can

The FA have charged Chelsea striker Diego Costa with violent conduct over his clash with Liverpool's Emre Can on Tuesday.

Mail Box

Erm... Balotelli To QPR..?

It's an afternoon Mailbox that offers the reaction to the reaction, with a defence for Diego Costa offered, and Balotelli mooted to move to QPR. Plus a silly idea about the Mails...

'Diego Costa Is A Thug.' Sore Losers..?

There is plenty of fallout from Diego Costa's stamps of authority on Tuesday's League Cup semi-final. Plus Blatter, Rodgers' substitutions and stretching the transfer truth...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company