Wilson wants win before Rangers showdown
Mark Wilson says Celtic will go all out for a win against Falkirk on Saturday after dropping points to Dundee United last week. The Hoops defender was part of a Celtic side that drew 1-1 at Tannadice in just the second game of the Scottish Premier League.
The full-back was one of the bright spots of Gordon Strachan's team, filling in on the left despite preferring the right-side. And Wilson says his team-mates are desperate to get back to winning ways against Falkirk so as not to fall further behind Rangers in the league before the sides meet at Parkhead on 31 August.
"We need to get our heads up," said Wilson. "There is an Old Firm game on August 31, and we want a good display and a good result against Falkirk to set us up for that because it is always a massive one. No-one wants to go into Old Firm games after a couple of poor results. "I wouldn't say we are low on confidence or anything like that, but it can take you a few games just for everyone to get into their stride.
"If we had taken the chances we made against Dundee United then it might have been a different outcome. We want to win every game so it is always a bad feeling when you drop points. But it has gone now and it is far too early for anyone to start reading too much into anything."
In Saturday's other matches, Old Firm rivals Rangers face a difficult away day at Aberdeen in the early kick-off match. The Ibrox side travel north with yet another new player after Steven Davis finally agreed a deal with his boyhood heroes.
The Fulham player, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Rangers, signed in a £3 million deal. He could join fellow new boys Pedro Mendes and Aaron Niguez Esclapez in a new look midfield for the match at Pittodrie.
Aberdeen manager Jimmy Calderwood will be without central defender Zander Diamond after he limped out of last week's match at Motherwell. Charlie Mulgrew is also doubtful after suffering a head wound while playing for Scotland's under-21s team.
Hearts host St Mirren at Tynecastle with Ugandan defender David Obua in the squad after being granted a work permit. The left-back, who can also operate in midfield, recently left South African side Kaizer Chiefs. Hibernian make the long trip north to face Inverness Caledonian Thistle at the Caledonian Stadium.
Last season's third-placed Motherwell take on Dundee United at Fir Park looking for their first points of the season. United go into the match buoyed by last week's point against champions Celtic.
League leaders Hamilton travel to Rugby Park to take on Kilmarnock. Billy Reid's side will be hoping to make it three wins in a row, but Kilmarnock will be confident as they are as yet undefeated this season.