Celtic have Scott Brown and Mark Wilson back after suspension for today´s Co-Operative Insurance Cup Final against Rangers at Hampden.
The duo missed Wednesday´s Scottish Cup win at Inverness but will go straight back into Neil Lennon´s side as they seek a fourth Old Firm victory of the season.
The Hoops will be led out by assistant manager Johann Mjallby as Lennon serves a four-game touchline, and the Swede says it is too early to talk of a possible treble. “To think of a treble right now is ridiculous” he said. “The main focus is on the next game. Rangers are going to be fired up, it is a cup final. They know everything about us and we know everything about the, so there will be no surprises.”
Players from both clubs have been briefed by a senior police officer before today´s game following the ugly scenes at Parkhead earlier this month, reports BBC Sport.
Chief Superintendent Andy Bates spoke to both sets of players at their respective training grounds, after which he maintained that both teams want to concentrate solely on playing football.
However, he had a stark warning for fans going to Hampden: “While we will be doing everything we can to make sure that the game takes place in a relaxed, friendly manner, I have to stress that anyone who uses this match as an excuse to sing sectarian songs, become violent or abuse their partner will be arrested.
“Football should be a celebration of sport and of Scotland´s best talent. Anyone who breaks the law should not be allowed to be a part of that celebration.”
Commons challenges Gers defence.
Striker Kris Commons has challenged the Rangers back line to stop the in-form Celtic attack in today´s cup final.
Commons named himself, Gary Hooper, Giorgios Samaras and Anthony Stokes as the players the Gers need to be on their guard against, reports the Sunday Express.
“I am hoping the Rangers back four, or five, or whatever, will be afraid of myself, Hoops, Sami and Stokesy,” said Commons. “We are classed as the people that can score goals, create goals and hurt them. Their job as a back five will be to stop the goalscorers, the goal threats and the people who are going to cause them problems.”
Commons highlighted Samaras in particular, adding: “Georgios has that presence about him. He has everything – pace, good feet, an eye for goal. When you have a striker like him you always have a chance.”