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Celtic: James Forrest and Greg Taylor set to be fit for Old Firm

A mere bump in the road occurred in midweek as Celtic’s dominant run of form finally came to an end.

The Hoops have been fantastic over the last month or so, banishing memories of their opening day defeat and Champions League exit to hammer a number of opposition defences.

Before the Bhoys lost to AZ Alkmaar on Thursday, they had won six on the bounce, kept four clean sheets and scored 24 goals in their last half a dozen outings.

However, it’s unlikely that loss will impact Ange Postecoglou too much because Celtic still made it into the group stages of the Europa League.

They did so after a host of defensive mistakes let them down. Joe Hart failed to clear the ball for the opener in bizarre circumstances and then Carl Starfelt unfortunately prodded into his own net for the second.

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Postecoglou can never account for mistakes like those but what also made life difficult were a set of injuries.

James Forrest didn’t even travel with the squad to the Netherlands while Greg Taylor hobbled off on 24 minutes.

Yet, ahead of their biggest match of the season – the Old Firm derby – it looks as though the manager will be able to call on both of their services.

That’s because they have been included in Celtic’s provisional squad for the match, meaning they’ve passed relevant fitness checks.

Forrest hasn’t been a regular starter this season but it will please Postecoglou to have him available again. After all, the attacker is a stalwart of the club and a man for the big occasion.

Taylor hasn’t been in the best of form this term, taking criticism from supporters, but with extremely limited options at left-back, having him fit and firing is crucial.

The manager brought on Adam Montgomery to replace him in midweek while Boli Bolingoli was also a viable alternative this weekend if the Scot wasn’t fit.

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On top of that, Postecoglou will also have new signing Josip Juranovic available for the first time after his move from Legia Warsaw.

Unlike the multiple Old Firm clashes that took place last term, Celtic actually look in a good place heading into this encounter. On that alone, Postecoglou will be delighted pre-game.

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