When Celtic take on Hibs tonight, they will need to find some confidence from somewhere.
The Hoops are now 22 points behind their fierce rivals Rangers and their season is very quickly sinking without a trace.
Neil Lennon’s side have won the SPFL crown for nine consecutive seasons but this year, it looks as though their dominance is set to end.
A win over Hibernian would narrow the gap to 19 points with a few games in hand but that is surely too big a total to chase down, even with half a campaign left.
Lennon’s position has come under extra pressure in recent months and thus, every decision he makes is scrutinised. With 13 players missing through self-isolation because of a positive Covid test for Christopher Jullien, there could be wholesale changes to the squad.
Unconfirmed reports from a junior sports correspondent on Twitter suggested the 13 players missing for the game are: Jullien, Barkas, Hazard, Taylor, Ralston, Henderson, Johnston, Ajeti, Brown, El Hamed, Rogic, Biton and Klimala.
As a result, we’re tipping the boss to make just three changes to his starting XI, also switching formation from the two-prong attack that was formed against Rangers. Of course, that could change if other news comes to light about the players supposedly isolation.
We think that Leigh Griffiths may drop out of the team, something we suggested should happen earlier this week. Consequently, Mo Elyounoussi comes into the side on the left wing.
He hasn’t started since the Scottish Cup final win over Hearts but with 12 goals this term, should add a fresh goal threat to a side who struggled to find the back of the net last time out.
The two other changes fall in defence where Shane Duffy gets a rare chance to prove what he’s capable of. The Irishman is selected with Christopher Jullien out for the next four months with a serious knee injury and with Nir Bitton suspended.
The final change is in goal where Scott Bain has to play with Conor Hazard and Vasilis Barkas both reportedly having to isolate.
At the time of writing, players currently isolating as a Covid-19 precaution hadn’t officially been named.