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Match Preview :- Barrow - Saturday September 23rd, 2006 (15:00:00)
Celtic now have to bounce back from a humiliating defeat at the hands of Droylsden against strugglers Barrow on Saturday (kick off 3pm). Barrow are currently occupying the third relegation spot, six places and four points behind Celtic on eight points.

Their season hasn?t panned out the way they would have hoped under the stewardship of ex-Celtic manager Phil Wilson. With two wins and two draws, they have had six losses this season, with their last win in the home match against Droylsden back at the end of August. Their last points came last week when they held Workington to a goalless draw at home on Tuesday night. Out of their home games this season, they have lost 0-4 to Redditch, and to Harrogate 2-3, as well as losing the opening day fixture 0-1 to Worcester City.

The Bluebirds have not scored a goal in any of their last four matches, and have played 273 minutes of football since Kyle Wilson scored their last goal. The gaffer?s son is currently Barrow?s top scorer, with three goals. On top of this, Barrow have kept just one clean sheet this season. This means that they have a goals scored ratio of 0.8 goals per game at home (one overall), whilst conceding an average of 1.8 goals per game at home (1.6 overall). With five of their nine goals coming in the second half, they score fairly evenly between the two halves, but with ten of their sixteen conceded goals coming in the first half, they look vulnerable from off, conceding most heavily around the half hour mark.

By comparison, Celtic have lost their last three away games, the most recent being the battering at the hands of Droylsden. Our top scorer is Lee Ellington, who now has four. We score an average of 0.8 goals per away game (1.6 overall) and concede two goals per away game (1.8 overall). We have kept three clean sheets this season, two of them away, whilst we have scored in all but one game ? the 0-0 draw at Harrogate.

Barrow do not appear to have any injury or suspension worries ahead of the game, and lined up against Gainsborough in their last match (that they lost 1-0 away from home) as:
1. Jamie Speare
2. Paul Jones
3. Stuart Howson
4. James Cotterill
5. Michael Eckersley
6. Steve Ridley
7. Andrew Bond
8. Michael Stringfellow
9. Steve Flitcroft
10. Tom Pope
11. Alex Taylor

Celtic will definitely be without Mark Hume, who is suspended for the match, following the sending off against Moor Green. In the 6-1 defeat away at Droylsden, Celtic lined up as:
1. Paul Pettinger
2. Grant Black
3. Scott Maxfield
4. Mark Hume
5. Mark Haran
6. Ashley Winn
7. Steve Brodie
8. Barrie Keeling
9. Lee Ellington
10. Paul Sykes
11. Neil Prince

Celtic will have to put the last game out of their mind ahead of this clash with what has always been tough opposition. Though we beat them in our last meeting at Bower Fold, we have to go back to the final season of the Unibond when we beat them 2-0 at their place. Our last two visits have both been wins for the Cumbrian outfit. The automated prediction algorithm doesn?t hold out much hope in us beating Barrow this time either, suggesting a 2-2 draw. Celtic have the squad that is capable of much more than was witnessed at the Butcher?s Arms, and Saturday is the day to prove it.
Distance: 118
Time: 1 hour and 45 minutes

From the M60, take M61 (junction 15) to Preston.
Follow the M61 right to the end and join the M6 towards South Lakes.
After about 40 miles on the M6 take Junction 36 onto the A590.
On the roundabout at the end of the slip-road, turn left (exit 1 of 4) onto the A590 proper.
Stay on the A590 following signs for Barrow in Furness.
You will pass through Ulverston.
You will be on the A590 for about 10 miles.
As you enter Barrow, you will pass some industrial units and Kimberley Clarks soft tissue factory.
The road will start to rise as you pass over the railway line.
This is near Bradys Road Haulage and warehousing on your left.
Opposite, on your right, is the Fire Station.
The football ground is now to your left.
ASDA, MFI and Stollers entrance is the next left (after approximately 100 metres).

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