Celtic news – Celtic v Hibs team news, Wilson salutes teammates, Naismith puts pressure on

Celtic v Hibs team news.

Boss Neil Lennon will have Freddie Ljungberg available for Wednesday´s game against Hibernian at Celtic Park, reports BBC Sport.

The former Arsenal man, who played in the recent friendly with Athletic Bilbao, has now fully recovered from the illness and injuries that have curtailed his appearances in a Hoops shirt since his January arrival.

However, Shaun Maloney is unlikely to figure following his ankle injury. Swedish international Daniel Majstorovic will also be missing with his fractured toe and is at least two weeks away from a return.

Hibs will be without 19-year-old Irish defender Richie Towell, currently on loan from Celtic.

Celtic (from): Forster, Wilson, Mulgrew, Rogne, Loovens, Izaguirre, Brown, Ki, Ledley, Kayal, Samaras, Commons, McCourt, Hooper, Zaluska, Stokes, Ljungberg, Forrest.

Hibernian (from): Brown, Thicot, Dickoh, Hanlon, Booth, Miller, Murray, Palsson, Wotherspoon, Thornhill, Scott, Vaz Te, Sodje, Riordan, Smith, Nish, Stevenson, Stephens, Duffy, Divis, Trakys.

Wilson salutes teammates.

Right-back Mark Wilson reckons Celtic are strong enough to cope with the demands of a fixture backlog and has pinpointed two key members of the squad to help them through it.

Speaking at a press conference the 26-year-old said: “I think Beram Kayal and Scott Brown have been great and we have got a good few leaders now. Beram has been outstanding and reminds me of how the manager used to play with the way he tackles and goes about his game. And everybody knows what Scott does.

“These two are great guys to have in the middle and they have the same kind of make-up as Neil. But at this stage of the season it is just about winning and getting three points. If we won every game 1-0 from now until the end of season I am sure we would all be delighted.”

Naismith puts pressure on.

Rangers have moved top of the Scottish Premier League for the first time in 2011 after last night´s 2-0 victory over St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park and Gers striker Stephen Naismith believes all the pressure is now on Celtic.

Naismith, who got the second goal after Kyle Lafferty´s opener, told the Daily Mail: “It is the first time Celtic have not been top of the league for a while and they have to answer the questions now.

“It will be like that from now until the end of the season, with one of us playing on a Saturday, then the other on a Sunday. It puts added pressure on Celtic against Hibernian, because we have gone top for the first time since December.

“You have to stand up and put on a performance. We have done it and now it is over to Celtic.”

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