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Celtic v Morton (Match Preview)

Updated: Jan 21, 2023

Probabilities for the match are Celtic 89%, St Mirren 3% and 8% for the draw.

Against Hamilton in their last game they lined up with the following;

In goals is 21 year old American Brian Schwake who's on loan from Livingston and he's been an ever present with 20 out of 20 starts.

Liam Grimshaw is at right back and he was signed from Motherwell in the summer and Lewis Strapp is their left back and this is his 4th season with Morton.

Jack Baird is at centre back and he was signed from Ayr in the summer and alongside him is ex-Celt Efe Ambrose.

In the centre of midfield is (ever present this season) Cameron Blues who's been with Morton for over 3 years and Grant Gillespie who they signed from Queen's Park in the summer.

Ahead of them was, in the centre of the attacking three, Robbie Crawford who signed from Partick Thistle in the summer. Wide of him was Alistair Roy on the right and he was signed in January, on loan, from Glentoran and ex-Celt Calvin Miller on the left who also signed in January and he signed from Chesterfield.

Up front was ever present Robbie Muirhead who has been at Morton for over 3 years.

Subs used last week were defenders Darragh O'Connor and Alex King and forward Jai Quitongo. Unused subs were Lawton Green, right back Carlo Pignatiello, centre back Alan Lithgow and forwards Lewis McGrattan and Michael Garrity.

Greenock Morton are 5th in the league with 8 wins and 6 draws from 20 games and a goal difference of +6. For goals scored they are joint 3rd bottom, goals conceded they are the best and for goal difference they are joint 4th.

For expected goals they are 3rd bottom on 1.27 xG per game (1.26 actual goals per game), 5th for xGA on 1.36 per game (1.16 actual goas conceded per game) and 6th for xGD on -0.09. Therefore they are performing better on conceded goals than expected.

For average pass length they are at 23.4m which is the longest of any team in the Championship. For average shot length they are on 17.49m which is 4th shortest.

In their last 5 games (4 league and 1 Challenge Cup) they have not won any of them, drawing three and losing the last two of them. Last game out they lost 1-0 to bottom of the table Hamilton.

I'm not even going to try and predict the team line up as there are so many variables. However I would like to see Siegrist, Bernabei, Iwata, Turnbull and Haksabanovic get starts.

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Tony, have you got St Mirren on the brain? That game has already been played.

Tony McLaughlin
Tony McLaughlin
Jan 21, 2023
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Thanks Lauchlan. I noticed that error earlier and had removed it from my 20minutetims preview but obviously it still got through. Sorted now. Thanks for highlighting.

It's been a long day.

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