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Thursday Round-Up: Big Night For The Scottish Celts

Scotland v Malta - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier
Leigh Griffiths scores for Scotland against Malta last month
Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

THE BIG STORY: Scotland take on Slovakia tonight at Hampden Park in a must-win World Cup Qualifier, and up to five Celts could possibly start, with Craig Gordon, Kieran Tierney, Callum McGregor, James Forrest and Leigh Griffiths all in the squad. Good luck to all of them tonight...and of course, no injuries. Jonny Hayes is also on international duty tonight, as he is in the Ireland squad for their game against Moldova.

OTHER NEWS: The new episode of @GIGPOD features former Celtic goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska, and it is a highly entertaining listen. You can hear the episode here.

The injury suffered by Mikael Lustig in training for Sweden doesn’t seem to be serious, as after missing training yesterday he is set to rejoin training today.

ON THIS DAY: In 1991, Celtic defeated Hearts 3-1 at Celtic Park, in what turned out to be a memorable game for Tony Cascarino. The big striker finally scored his first Celtic goal to make it 3-1, but shortly afterwards was sent-off for lamping Craig Levein in the Celtic penalty box. Thankfully Pat Bonner saved John Robertson’s resulting penalty. Celtic’s other goals came from Mark McNally and Charlie Nicholas.

In 1988, Celtic defeated Hungarian champions Honved 4-0 at Celtic Park to win 4-1 on aggregate in the first round of the old European Cup. The Celtic goals came from Billy Stark, Andy Walker, Frank McAvennie and Mark McGhee. Fun fact: Alan Rough was Celtic’s goalkeeper this night.