Celtic follows Old Firm with trip to Dunfermline

Fresh off of its Old Firm win over Rangers, Celtic heads to East End Park to face Dunfermline on Monday in a battle of "first against worst."

Celtic edged Rangers, 1-0, at Parkhead on Wednesday to take over first place in the Scottish Premier League, sitting on 50 points and a two-point cushion over its fierce Glasgow rival.

Neil Lennon praised his side's recent consistency after Celtic secured its ninth-straight league win.

"I'm delighted we have won and it was another good performance and really consistent form we have shown," Lennon said. "I can't ask any more of the players at the moment, they have been brilliant."

Dunfermline, meanwhile, is at the wrong end of the table, sitting bottom with 14 points from 19 games.

Trailing second-from-bottom Hibernian by a point and holding a game in hand, Dunfermline boss Jim McIntyre is hoping to secure reinforcements as he looks to prevent his side from the dreaded drop.

"I've had a chat with the board and they are working behind the scenes to try to raise funds to strengthen the squad," McIntyre said. "If the right players are available I'll be able to bring them in right away, but how many will depend on how much clubs want for their players."

Dunfermline has lost three-straight and is winless in its last six. With some major ground to make up in the Scottish table, three points against the leaders would go a long way psychologically to helping Dunfermline avoid relegation.

Wednesday's Old Firm losers, Rangers, have lost two on the bounce and will try to right their ship when they host Motherwell at Ibrox on Monday.

Motherwell sits third in the league but is still 14 points behind Rangers, leaving the Fir Park outfit with plenty work to do if it hopes to steal a top- two finish.

Elsewhere in the Scottish league on Monday, Hibs host Hearts at Easter Road in the early match, followed Inverness hosting St Johnstone at the Caledonian Stadium as the visitors go for their third-straight league win.

Later in the day, Dundee United kicks off against Aberdeen at Tannadice Park and Kilmarnock faces St Mirren at Rugby Park.