ROSS LAIDLAW insists Hibs will take on Celtic this weekend full of belief they can be the team to finally end the Hoops’ domestic unbeaten run.
The Easter Road side’s trip west will be an emotional one for manager Neil Lennon, who is certain to be afforded a warm welcome back to his old stomping ground.
However, the Northern Irishman is adamant he will be able to concentrate on the business in hand and Laidlaw is convinced the capital men will be confident of success come kick-off.
The keeper said: “We need to go there and believe we can get a result. It’s obviously going to be a really hard game, they’re going to create chances, they’re playing really well.
“They’re playing Champions League before it but they’ve got so many quality players who can come in.
“But we’re high in confidence after the last two wins and we’ll have to go there with a game-plan and hopefully get a result.
“Somebody’s got to beat them eventually, so why can’t it be us?
“There’s no point going there believing we’re going to get beat, so we need to go there thinking we can get a win. We’ll take the game to them and see what happens.”
Laidlaw helped Hibs to their first clean sheet since returning to the Premiership when they defeated Ross County 1-0 at the weekend as he kept his place following last Tuesday’s Betfred Cup win over Livingston.
And the former Raith Rovers goalie is certain to be in the starting line-up again at Celtic Park as Israeli number one Ofir Marciano observes the Jewish holy event of Yom Kippur.
The 25-year-old added to Hibs TV: “It’s a massive game this week, so it will be good to play in that one.
“The manager’s given me a chance. He just said to me ‘you’re a good goalkeeper, I believe in you, go and show what you can do’.
“He’s given me a couple of games but I’m just taking it one game at a time.
“I don’t think we’ve had a clean sheet in the league this season, so we were desperate for it.
“For personal pride, you want to keep clean sheets, whether that’s defenders, goalkeepers, midfielders.
“So, we were glad to get that and scoring a goal we got the win as well, which was really important.”