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Match preview and predicted line-ups: Celtic v Kilmarnock

Celtic can extend their lead at the top to eight points with a win against Kilmarnock.

Game to be played on Wednesday 15th April 2015 at 19:45. Venue: Celtic Park, Glasgow.

Odds: Celtic 1/6, draw 8/1, Kilmarnock 18/1

Ronny Deila will be after an immediate response from his Celtic side after their lacklustre performance at the weekend when they face Kilmarnock.

The Bhoys could only manage a draw away to Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Saturday and will look to lengthen their lead at the top before Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final clash.

Celtic can widen the gap to eight points with a win against Killie on Wednesday night and resume their comfortable control at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

A loss in Kilmarnock’s last game at Rugby Park put an end to any chances of finishing in the top six, but they still require three points to prevent being sucked into the relegation play-offs.

They have lost their last three straight games, winning once in their last seven, drawing three and losing the latest trio of games. More concerning for Kilmarnock will be the lack of goals because they haven’t managed to score more than once in their last six matches, which goes a long way to explaining the issues they’ve been having.

Ronny Deila has named an unchanged squad for the match and may opt to rest some players before Sunday’s semi-final, and there is a decision to make on which striker will start the game.

This match comes too soon for Charlie Mulgrew who is expected to return within the next two weeks after recovering from a hamstring tendon injury.

Gary Locke will be without Manuel Pascali but the defender should be fit for action later this month with no other fresh injury concerns.

Celtic predicted line-up:

Gordon, Matthews, van Djik, Denayer, Izaguirre, Brown, Biton, Johansen, Mackay Steven, Commons, Guidetti

Kilmarnock predicted line-up:

Samson, Westlake, O’Hara, Clingan, Johnston, Obadeyi, Ashcroft, Slater, Eremenko, Syme, Magennis

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