Sky Live: Inverness v Celtic

Date published: Monday 24th August 2015 1:30

Sky Live: Inverness v Celtic

The two sides meet at Hampden Park in the Scottish Cup semi-final next weekend and Caley Thistle boss John Hughes will be looking for a positive response following the midweek defeat at Aberdeen. 
Cal Tremarco missed the Pittodrie match with an arm injury and is not expected to feature while Richie Foran is still out. Dean Brill is pushing for a start.
Inverness have an eight-point cushion over fourth-placed Dundee United, but they have not won a league game since February – taking three points out of a possible 18 – and have slipped 11 points behind Aberdeen in second.
Manager John Hughes said: “Celtic play the game the way it should be played, with great ball retention. They get after it when they lose it and you are always up against it. They are going for the treble so they have plenty to play for but we have our own agenda. We have Dundee United chasing us for that European spot.
“We want to keep going as far as we can. We have the semi-final coming up and that’s great but we want to take Celtic’s scalp.”
Celtic go into the game strong favourites to win for the 12th time in 13 games and extend their fine recent away record; they have won every league game on their travels in 2015.
Skipper Scott Brown returns to the squad after serving a one-match suspension against Partick Thistle in the week. Midfielder Charlie Mulgrew (hamstring tendon) and right-back Mikael Lustig (ankle) are long-term absentees.
The last time the teams met in the Highlands, it was the home side who ran out 1-0 winners. Celtic assistant manager John Collins told the club website: “It was never going to be smooth sailing at the start of the season. We knew that.
“Slowly but surely, as every week and month has gone by we’ve got better and that the pleasing thing for us – when you see progress. There’s no magic wand and it doesn’t happen overnight. It’s hard work.” 

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