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Rupert Wyman 29th Jan 2010 - 21:47

Mowbray's weekend respite!

The Accies welcome the Hoops to New Douglas Park in what could be a make or break match for both Hamilton and under pressure Celtic gaffer Tony Mowbray.

Hamilton manager Billy Reid has a few injury worries ahead of the Hoops' visit. Mickael Antoine-Curier and Alex Neil will both have fitness tests on the day.

However, Joel Thomas who has rejoined on loan from Colchester, should participate if all paperwork concerning the loan is completed.

Celtic are boosted by the availability of their midfield hard man Landry N'Guemo. He has returned to Celtic, fit after representing Cameroon in the Africa Cup of Nations.

Glen Loovens is still out with the head injury sustained against St Johnstone.

A win for Hamilton would be good for morale because their form has been poor of late and it would be a surprise if they are not near or in the relegation zone come the run in.

Since the Accies' 2-1 win against Aberdeen, they have gone on a seven game winless streak.

Celtic's title hopes took a knock in midweek losing 2-1 against a resilient Hibs side at Parkhead. There are enough points available before the end of the season for Celtic to still win the league, if they become more consistent.

They still have two matches left against their Old Firm rivals Rangers and a game in hand. There is potentially a point between the two sides and it is unlikely Rangers will not drop more points this season.

The concern for Celtic fans, is the potential mass turnover of their playing staff during this transfer window and whether it will have an effect on their team performances. However, the change may help invigorate a side that sometimes lacks the killer firepower to finish other sides off.

I expect Tony Mowbray to have Celtic pumped up and they have the quality to win the match. The value bet is in the Double Result Market, I would back Draw/Celtic at 17/5.

The Accies should graft enough, to hold off Celtic for a while before Celtic's quality will prevail. Celtic will wear them down and the Highest Scoring Half has the 2nd Half priced at Even Money. Celtic should get stronger as the game progresses and I think there will be more than a few goals in the second half.

Mowbray will help silence his critics tomorrow and should have some respite before Celtic's inconsistency exposes them again.



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