Wait for Celtic win

  • By: Gareth Friel
  • Last Updated: November 9 2012, 11:05 GMT

Our Gareth Friel thinks Celtic will have to wait for victory against St Johnstone in the SPL on Sunday afternoon.

Celtic: Looking to enjoy more success

Celtic's famous win over Barcelona on Wednesday night may have grabbed all the headlines but off the pitch just as big a story was developing in Scottish football.

In a quite staggering official statement, Hearts revealed there is a real prospect they could go out of business in the coming weeks. The club have had financial problems for some time but the nature of the statement took most by surprise.

This revelation may be off the scale compared to previous financial issues such as the late payment of wages but every time these problems have become public, the Hearts players have responded well on the pitch.

So I'd be wary of lumping on Inverness on Saturday in the Highlands. However, even taking away the massive problems at Tynecastle, Caley Thistle are unbeaten in nine games while Hearts were dismal in their 1-0 defeat to bottom club Dundee last weekend.

Having a glance at the anytime goalscorer market and Andrew Shinnie has once again caught my eye. He brought success a few weeks ago in the derby match against Ross County and could do again this weekend.

Only Leigh Griffiths and Michael Higdon have scored more goals than Shinnie in the SPL so far this season yet he is priced at 7/2 to score at anytime with Sky Bet.

The forward has nine goals in all competitions including five in his last six so that 7/2 is surely too big.

Celtic have dropped seven of their 12 points this season following European matches and although they don't play until Sunday against St Johnstone they may stutter again.

At home I wouldn't be backing against Celtic to win the match but it may take them a bit of time to get going coming off such a high in the Champions League.

Neil Lennon opted to make a number of changes to his side following the defeat in Barcelona two weeks ago and paid the price as the Hoops went down 2-0 to Kilmarnock.

He may do the same again but his fringe players have been warned that further performances like that will not be tolerated.

Celtic should be too strong against a side they thumped in the League Cup recently but given their midweek high, the 4/1 about draw/Celtic in the half time/full time market looks decent.

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