Our prediction for this Scottish Premiership match:
St. Mirren will look to claim a major scalp on Matchday 8 when they face Celtic at the SMISA Stadium on Sunday. Following three consecutive league wins, the Saints suffered a 3-0 loss to St. Johnstone before the break, and it is no wonder the bookies see them as underdogs in the clash against Ange Postecoglou’s troops. Forward Toyosi Olusanya remains in the treatment room, but he should be the only absentee in the home team.
The Hoops, on the other hand, kicked off the new Premiership campaign in great manner, with the team winning each of the first six league fixtures. The reigning champions have been scoring goals for fun of late, and seeing that St. Mirren experienced all sorts of problems at the back in the McDiarmid Park defeat, we are tempted to put our money on the Celtic Park outfit. Fit-again attacker Kyogo Furuhashi returns to the starting XI, while both Carl Starfelt and Yosuke Ideguchi should miss out with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Marcus Fraser):
Marcus Fraser is a Scottish footballer who plays for Ross County as a defender. Fraser is a product of Celtic football school, but he made no more than one appearance for the Hoops in the Scottish Premier League. He played his only game for the Scottish giants in a 3-1 win at Inverness on February 9, 2013.
After ending his loan spell with Cowdenbeath, Marcus Fraser signed a deal with Ross County in 2015. Over the years, the defender has established himself as a first-team regular with the Staggies, making 26 appearances in the Scottish top flight last term.
Speaking of his international career, Fraser has five caps for the Scotland U21 team, but he has yet to earn a call-up for the senior team. His main position on the field is a right-back, but he is capable of producing good performances as a centre-back as well. Marcus Fraser was born in Bishopbriggs, Scotland, on June 23, 1994.
Highlighted Team (Celtic):
The Celtic Football Club boasts a proud over 100-year long history which has made The Bhoys a global brand thanks to their unprecedented social awareness that dates to the very beginnings of this Scottish club. Celtic was founded in 1887 with the purpose of alleviating poverty in the immigrant Irish population in the East End of Glasgow by raising money to help their fellow citizens.
The charity legacy continues to this day with Celtic still preserving their charitable traditions through the Celtic FC Foundation. The Celts play their home matches at Celtic Park in front of 60,000 people. One of the two most successful football clubs in Scotland with 47 Scottish League Championship titles to their name, Celtic have a long-standing fierce rivalry with Rangers, with the clubs known as the Old Firm.
European Cup winners from season 1966-67 and runners-up two years later, Celtic have been regular in European competitions since their first appearance in 1962-63. Their other most standout results have been runners-up in the EUFA Cup in 2003 and Intercontinental Cup in 1967.