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Sheridan hopes to do Hoops a favour

Forgotten striker Cillian Sheridan is hoping to give Celtic's SPL hopes the kiss-of-life when St Johnstone take on Rangers at lunchtime tomorrow.

Sheridan hasn't kicked a ball for Celtic since Tony Mowbray took charge and is now on loan at St Johnstone after spending the first half of the season with Plymouth.

The U21 international notched a double in St Johnstone's 5-1 win over Hibs on Wednesday night and is hoping to take that form into tomorrow's clash with Rangers.

He said: "I'll probably have a few calls from the Celtic lads wishing me well and hopefully I can do them a turn. I'd like to help them out.

"Rangers have a 10-point lead but I don't see why Celtic can't peg them back. It's happened in other leagues so why not here in Scotland? There's always a chance and Celtic will keep fighting.

"We lost to Rangers in the semi-final of the League Cup -- that was a disappointment -- but we have to take the form from the Hibs game into this one to cause an upset.

"I'm expecting to get a bit of stick if I start. That goes with the territory. It's not something that bothers me. These are the sort of games any player wants to play in. I'm no different. We are looking to kick on from the Hibs result.

"From a personal point of view, I came here hoping to enjoy my football again. If things carry on through to the end of the season and I score more goals I'll definitely do that.

"It was great for the confidence to score twice against Hibs. It was a relief and a weight off my shoulders when I got the first early in the game.

"There was pressure on me but only from myself. As a striker you expect to score goals and I'd had a long wait.


"It had been a long time since I scored. I'd forgotten what it felt like but more importantly we won with a great performance from the team."

The St Johnstone-Rangers match will be over by the time Celtic face Dundee United, with Tony Mowbray going into the match without the suspended Darren O'Dea and Aiden McGeady.

Mowbray faces putting out yet another patchwork defence with Glenn Loovens and Jos Hooiveld both out injured and doubtful for next Sunday's Old Firm clash at Ibrox.

Teenagers Josh Thompson and Thomas Rogne are likely to form a new central defensive partnership tomorrow with Mowbray admitting that the lack of experience in a key position is a concern.

The Celtic boss said: "A key ingredient of any successful side is they have experience in defence.

"We are lacking it at the moment and I don't think the injury situation is improving too much.

"It's not ideal when your three experienced centre halves are not available -- but we'll have options."

O'Dea and McGeady will both be available for the February 28 clash with Rangers.