Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparison

(43) 35 Goals 55 (93)
(28) 21 Assists 44 (68)
(6.5) 6.7 Average Ratings 7 (6.8)
26.3 Average Age 27.7
183.2 Average Height (cm) 178.6
(0.8) 1.1 Shots pg 1.5 (1.2)
(50%) 48% Aerial Duel Success 56% (54%)
(0.6) 0.5 Dribbles pg 0.6 (0.6)
(1.2) 0.9 Tackles pg 1 (1.1)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Premiership Championship Group.

Missing Players

Kilmarnock
Celtic
Player Reason Status Rating
Kyle Magennis Out 6.4
Brad Lyons Doubtful 6.88
James Balagizi Doubtful 6.08
Player Reason Status Rating
James McCarthy Out N/A

Team News

Kilmarnock
Celtic
  • Kilmarnock manager Derek McInnes made two changes to the Killie team that was battered at Ibrox where they lost 4-1 to Rangers, before a 1-0 win over St Mirren in Paisley secured a fourth-place finish in the Scottish Premiership.
  • Joe Wright was sent off against Rangers so missed the match against St Mirren, as Robbie Deas came into the Killie backline to join Corrie Ndaba, Stuart Findlay and Lewis Mayo. Matty Kennedy and Danny Armstrong continued on the flanks.
  • David Watson scooped the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year award recently, and he took Liam Polworth's place to join Liam Donnelly in the middle of the park. Marley Watkins and the weekend matchwinner Kyle Vassell lead the line.
  • Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers named just one change to the Celts side that hammered Hearts 3-0 at Parkhead, before another derby day victory over Rangers as they won 2-1 at Celtic Park on Saturday and are on the verge of the league title.
  • Liam Scales accompanied Cameron Carter-Vickers at the heart of the Hoops defence as Alistair Johnston and Greg Taylor continued at right-back and left-back respectively. Callum McGregor, Reo Hatate and Matt O'Riley carried on in midfield.
  • Daizen Maeda was back on the bench against Hearts, but replaced Nicholas Kuhn in the only change at the weekend. He and James Forrest supported Kyogo Furuhashi in attack, against bitter rivals Rangers on Saturday at lunchtime.

Prediction

  • Two of the top four teams in this season's Scottish Premiership meet in Ayrshire, as Kilmarnock host Celtic at Rugby Park on Wednesday night.
  • Killie are now unbeaten in their last 16 matches against non-Old Firm teams in the Scottish Premiership, a phenomenal recent run, winning nine and drawing the other seven since a 1-0 defeat in December to Hearts. This is the longest run against teams outwith the top two by a non-Old Firm club in the top flight since Aberdeen went 22 without defeat from October 2014 to April 2015.
  • Celtic have lost at Rugby Park twice this season, in both the league and League Cup, but will be determined to come away with at least a point which will see them clinch a third successive Scottish Premiership title. They may enter this match as champions - should Rangers fail to beat Dundee - but after their weekend win over the Gers, the Hoops will hope to seal the deal here.
  • Killie may have claimed a point at Parkhead earlier in the season, along with beating Celtic twice at home in the current campaign, but the Hoops are heading for another league title so will look to get there by hook or by crook.
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