Rob Jones and Kevin McCann winning fitness race to face Celtic!

Last updated : 19 September 2007 By Steve Forbes

Hibs have been handed a double injury boost ahead of Sunday's live TV leauge clash with Champions Celtic at Easter Road.

Captain Rob Jones, 27, will be fit to face the men from Parkhead after he suffered a dead leg at Falkirk on Saturday, during the 1-1 draw.

The 6ft 7in stopper has already re joined the first team squad in training and will be ready for the weekend.


Also likely to come back in to contention is classy young full back Kevin McCann.

McCann, 20, has missed the Hibees last two matches after picking up an ankle injury in the 2-1 CIS Cup 2nd round win at Hampden against
Queens Park.

The right back is expected to return to training today and will hope he can wrestle his right back position away from
Cameroon international Thierry Gathuessi, who has played well since taking over from the Scotland U-21 international.

Hibs boss John Collins was looking forward to the visit of the Champions and said:

"Celtic will be a massive test as they are absolutely flying and scoring goals for fun. They've been wiping the floor with most teams in the league, scoring five in each of their last three games.Their strikers are scoring and their midfielders are chipping in as well.

"They'll be disappointed at last night's result but they were up against a class outfit, excellent football players with speed and skill. They might have lost by more but they'll be looking to bounce back. We are at home though and we'll have a full house with a great atmosphere so it's up to us to make sure we make life very difficult for them.

"We have to believe in ourselves. We have also done well so far this season, six games in and we remain undefeated. We've shown a lot of resilience and we will have to be resilient on Sunday. We have to make sure every player is working for each other, that we don't give Celtic easy possession and that we get in about them.

"We have to combat their strengths and also make sure we work on our strengths throughout the game. We will have a game-plan and we have to stick to it. They are playing as well as they have done at any time in the past few years so it will be a test."

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