McDonald: Ki could make Old Firm debut
Scott McDonald will not be surprised to see Ki Sung Yueng make his Celtic debut in Sunday's Old Firm derby at Parkhead.
The Korea Republic international, who signed from FC Seoul on a four-year deal for a reported £2 million, arrived in Glasgow last week claiming his settling-in period would not be long but fearing the lack of fitness would probably prevent him featuring against Rangers.
However, manager Tony Mowbray surprised everyone in the last Old Firm game at Ibrox in October when he handed China captain Zheng Zhi his debut in the 2-1 defeat, just over a week after completing his move to the Parkhead club. Australia international McDonald met 20-year-old Ki when they faced each other on international duty recently and will not flinch if they line up on the same side at Celtic Park quicker than expected.
The Hoops striker said: "I played against him in an international friendly with Australia just as the fee had been agreed. I had a good chat with him, welcomed him to the club and I think that was good for him before he came here to Glasgow. He had spent three years in Australia so he knows a bit about me and my home country which is nice.
"He is fitting in quite well, he speaks perfect English and he seems like a very good player. I was very impressed with him when they beat Australia 3-1. You never know in Old Firm games, anything is possible as we have seen in the past. We have seen some surprise debutants when you don't expect it so maybe, but it's up to the manager though."
The Celtic squad were given longer to prepare for the visit of Rangers when their midweek SPL game against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park fell foul of the weather. An SPL statement said the match was called off due to "approach roads to the stadium being declared unsafe by the police".
If Rangers beat Dundee United at Ibrox they will go seven points clear of Celtic at the top of the SPL ahead of the Old Firm derby at Parkhead on 3 January.