Date: 9th February 2018 at 10:43pm
Written by:

Celtic are hosting neighbours Partick Thistle in the Scottish Cup fifth round on Saturday (kick-off 12.15pm).

Defensive pair Kristoffer Ajer and Jozo Simunovic should both be available for the holders, who though still have a number of players ruled out.

Centre-back Dedryck Boyata has now joined Stuart Armstrong, Marvin Compper, Craig Gordon, Leigh Griffiths, Jonny Hayes, Mikael Lustig, Anthony Ralston, Patrick Roberts and Tom Rogic on the sidelines.

“Naturally it is a cup that we want to win like every competition that we have been in,” manager Brendan Rodgers told BBC Scotland. “It is a really prestigious competition, we really enjoyed winning it last year and the nature of how we won it was really special.

“There was a real feel around the Scottish Cup final day. I thoroughly enjoyed it and that is our aim, to go and do the same thing this year,” he continued. “But Partick are always a difficult team to beat.”

Both Steven Lawless and Callum Booth return for the visitors, but Gary Fraser, Stuart Bannigan and Christie Elliott are again missing.