Neil Lennon’s men will look to keep the pace with league leaders Rangers by winning in the Highlands.
Champions Celtic visit Ross County in one of two games to feature the return of fans to stadiums as a test event.
300 highlanders will be in socially distanced attendance for the match although they are forbidden from shouting and singing so don’t expect much of an atmosphere in Dingwall.
The Hoops will look to continue the form they showed before the international break in the 3-0 destruction of Motherwell but Stuart Kettelwell’s side are no mugs.
Despite many predictions tipping them for relegation, they sit fifth after a solid start to the campaign.
They don’t score a lot of goals, with only six in six games but they don’t concede many either.
New signing Shane Duffy gets his first tast of Premiership action as the Brighton loanee makes his Hoops bow, while David Turnbull is on the bench.
Stuart Kettlewell admits it will take a mixture of pragmatism and adventure to stop Celtic.
Our intention is to attack every but when you play Celtic you need to have a mixture of both.
County are off to a good start in the Scottish Premiership, sitting fifth before kick-off today.
Quite a monumental moment in Dingwall as the 300 fans applaud the Ross County team making their way out for their warm up
That Celtic team is mostly straight-forward, but Greg Taylor’s benching leaves a hole in left wing-back.
It remains to be seen if Jeremie Frimpong will fill in there with Forrest on the right, or if the Scotland winger begins on the left.
Perhaps we might see a Hoops debut for David Turnbull off the bench today as well.
Striking pair Ross Stewart and Billy Mckay will need to take any chances that come their way.
It’s a strong line-up from Lennon and that post-January switch that helped them to Nine In A Row is being redeployed this afternoon.
As we know, 300 Staggies fans will be in attendance today at the Global Energy Stadium in Dingwall.
Hoops boss Neil Lennon believes that’s a good start but is envious of larger crowds in America’s NFL and the French top-flight.
Kansas City Chiefs admitted 18,000 supporters into their Thursday night clash with the Houston Texas and Lennon wants to replicate something similar at Parkhead.
We’re disappointed we’ve not been able to get fans into our stadium with the protocols and health and safety standards we’ve set.
I watched the NFL game the other night. There were 18,000 there, with social distancing, spread around the stadium.
I don’t understand why it can be allowed in America but we haven’t had the opportunity yet.
Maybe it’s because it (football) is so high profile. But when we were playing in France (pre-season) they were letting people into the stadiums there.
Ligue 1 has started and I watched Brest play Marseille and there was 5,000 to 6,000 in.
But the big thing for me was that NFL game. You have a big stadium that’s maybe a third full, I can’t understand why we couldn’t incorporate that at Celtic.”
He’s taken charge of three games so far this season, with one red card already and nine yellows – including four in Celtic’s trip to Dundee United three weeks ago.
Dallas has the honour of being one of the two whistlers taking part in games featuring fans this weekend.
Perhaps the criticism from the stand will be muted given the Dons’ advice to fans during the week?
The Hoops have won six consecutive matches against County, the most recent coming in a 3-0 Parkhead win in January.
A 90th minute Liam Boyce penalty saw the Staggies pick up their last point against the champions back in 2017.
You don’t sign 28-year-old Ireland internationals with Premier League credentials on the bench so you’d have to imagine Shane Duffy is certain to make his Hoops bow today.
The Derry born defender is a no-nonsense and physical player who will be a danger in both boxes.
A natural leader he looks a terrific signing for Neil Lennon’s men and the boss will hope he can help Scott Brown and provide even more leadership in a dressing room that’s already full of winners.
It may only be 300 Highlanders in Dingwall but it’s a start and at this stage of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s probably all we can hope for.
The game looks set to an entertaining encounter as fifth plays third with both sides desperate to keep up solid starts to their league campaigns.
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