On Wednesday Celtic will be travelling down the M6 again this time coming off much closer to home when they visit Nantwich Town in the Cheshire Senior Cup in a rearranged fixture due to kick off at 7:45pm.
The game was originally scheduled for the Tuesday, but local side Crewe Alexandra are playing at home that day, and Nantwich are keen to maximise the attendance, despite Manchester United playing Lyon live on Sky.
Nantwich ply their trade in the North West Counties League, division one. This is the same league that Ashton Curzon play in, though the Bower Fold ground share team have yet to mean our next opponents this season.
Nantwich have already successfully navigated one round of the Cup, seeing off near neighbours Congleton with a 1-0 victory (Ashley Lawton the scorer). However, they were not so lucky in the FA Cup, being dumped out by a competent Sutton Coldfield by a single goal.
In the league, Nantwich have had an indifferent start to the campaign, and currently lie in 18th out of 22 teams. They?ve won once away at Atherton with Paul Rutter grabbing the only goal of the game.
Their last two league games have both been draws, a 0-0 away at Abbey Hey and a 1-1 at home to Bacup Borough, with top scorer Ashley Lawton grabbing the equaliser.
They have lost their opening two games, away at Ramsbottom (3-2) and at home to Stone Dominoes (0-2), but grabbed a point at home to Colne (2-2) in their third match.
Their lead scorer is Ashley Lawton, with four goals, though Player-Manager Steve Davis, Paul Rutter and Danny Griggs all have a goal each as well.
With the only doubt being regular goalkeeper Danny Reade and Paul Rutter being a loan player, and thus ineligible for the tie, the likely line up for the home side is:
1. Matty Higgins
2. Richard Puller
3. Andy Parkinson
4. Steve Davis
5. Steve Jardine
6. Michael Owen (no, not that
7. Danny Landstrom
8. Adam Landstrom
9. Ashley Lawton
10. Danny Griggs
11. Martin Beatie
Celtic still have injury worries over Phil Eastwood, Greg Pearce, Nathan Wharton, Danny Caldecott, Darren Bowman and Scott Bonsall, though Chris Denham is likely to play some part in the game after coming through 20 minutes against a physical Moor Green side unscathed. David Moores is ineligible through being a loan player, so the likely starting line up for Celtic is:
1. Craig Dootson
2. Dave German
3. Tony Whealing
4. Terry Bowker
5. Barrie Keeling
6. Lee Connell
7. Paul Sykes
8. Kev Parr
9. Andy Hayward
10. Damien Hindle
11. Dean Calcutt
Depending on how the game goes, there could be a role for the Celtic youth player Matthew Kemp, a strong centre-back who shows a lot of promise. Other likely bench players are obviously Chris Denham, Ian Monk and Ben Smith.
After the exuberance of the finale of the Moor Green game, Celtic should be coming into this game with a lot of confidence. A loss against Nantwich is unthinkable, but a victory would have the added benefit of a confidence boost ahead of the crucial league game on Saturday against Vauxhall Motors. A pair of victories is just the tonic that Celtic need to kick start their season, Wednesday is the best place to get that critical first win.