Callum McGregor claims Celtic’s task in clinching the Premiership title could be no tougher than a trip to Easter Road today.
The Hoops are one win away from their seventh successive league triumph and remain on track for an unprecedented second straight domestic treble.
Hibernian have drawn 2-2 both home and away against the Parkhead side this term and narrowly lost a third league game 1-0, while going down 4-2 in their Betfred Cup semi-final tie.
McGregor believes confidence has increased after Celtic’s 4-0 William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final win against Old Firm rivals Rangers last Sunday, but he knows it will not be easy against fourth-placed Hibs, who retain aspirations of a second-place finish.
“The boys want to get it done as quickly as possible and we have a big chance to do it on Saturday,” he said.
“We’ve prepared well this week, so hopefully we can finish the job and get the title done.
“We’re excited and raring to go. Off the back of a good result at the weekend, the confidence is high and we want to go and finish it off quickly.
“Hibs have been great opponents for us. They have pace in the team, they can score goals and they can defend. The games we’ve had against them have been tough.
“It would have been tough to pick a harder opponent, but everyone is looking forward to the challenge and we’re only one win away from the title, so that should spur us on.”
McGregor is enjoying the best season of his career at Celtic, having broken into the Scotland set-up and taken his goal tally to 10 so far, the most recent coming against the Light Blues last weekend.
The former Celtic youth player said: “In terms of performance level and my goal return and assists, I would say this is the best form I’ve had at Celtic.”
Hibernian midfielder Scott Allan will sit out the game against his parent club Celtic at Easter Road.
As well as the on-loan Hoops playmaker, Neil Lennon will also have to do without suspended midfielder Marvin Bart-ley, while defender Darren McGregor (hamstring) is facing a fitness test.
Lennon could call upon fit-again duo Vykintas Slivka and Brandon Barker, although he is concerned about their lack of game-time.