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A matter of belief for Wolecki Black as he gears for Hibs visit


Eddie Wolecki Black

After a narrow defeat against Hibs at the start of the season, Eddie Wolecki Black wants his side to emulate the determined performance from that day, as the Hoops welcome Hibs to K-Park for the second meeting of the season.

Celtic host the Edinburgh side in the second versus third clash following two away.

And with three games left to go until the mid-season break, the manager is hoping his Celtic side can secure maximum points and head into the summer on a high.

“We’re setting ourselves up to go into the break within touching distance of both City and Hibs, so this game is vital for us,” he began.

In their first meeting this season, the Celts took an early lead through Natalie Ross but were undone by two late first-half goals giving Hibs a narrow 2-1 win. But from this performance, and with the Hoops’ continued improvement since, Wolecki Black is hoping his side can take belief into K-Park on Sunday.

“I believe you get confidence from performances and the performance we put on that day was very competitive. It gave Hibs a warning to know we are to be taken seriously, but it’s up to us to put in a performance to get the best possible result,” he explained.

Just three points separate Celtic and second-placed Hibs going into the match, further adding confidence to the manager’s mindset.

He said: “We’ve improved our results when we’ve played teams the second time round, so we need to make sure our results are better. We certainly don’t fear Hibs, we respect them and realise they’re a dangerous team who are where they are for a reason. We’re also hanging in there and we’re also a good side, it’s a matter of belief now and making sure we stick to our game plan.”

Celtic came away from Station Park last Sunday having taken all three points off a well-drilled Forfar Farmington side, but his side know they can still improve.

“Every game of football is a learning experience. While we got the three points at Forfar and scored four goals there’s still a lot to learn defensively.

“We know we could’ve done better and I’m looking for a much-improved performance this week,” he concluded.

Celtic are at home to Hibs on Sunday May 5 at K-Park in East Kilbride. KO: 2pm.

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