DAVID MARSHALL admits “it will be weird” facing Celtic at Parkhead on Saturday afternoon.
The 37-year-old former Hoops keeper will captain Hibs in another crucial Premiership encounter on his old stomping ground.
Marshall made 44 appearances for the club between 2002 and 2007 before moving to Norwich City after Gordon Strachan opted for Artur Boruc as his No.1 choice.
The Glaswegian also had spells at Cardiff City, Hull City, Wigan, Derby and Queens Park Rangers before returning to Scottish football with the Easter Road side in the summer.
THE BHOYS OF 2014…David Marshall and John Kennedy prepare to take on Barcelona.
The shotstopper won 47 Scotland caps before calling time on his career at that level a few months ago. Since his departure, he has only returned twice to Parkhead – on international duty in 2014 against Republic of Ireland and England.
Marshall, who was introduced to the Celtic first team by Martin O’Neill and turned in an unbeatable performance in a goalless draw with Barcelona in the Nou Camp in 2004, said: “I played at Celtic Park for the Scotland v Ireland game a few years ago, but this will be the first time I’ve gone back to play Celtic.
“It will be weird having been there when I was so young and going back now.
“But I am looking forward to it, you want to be playing in these stadiums.
“I know a few of the people who are still there, John Kennedy was there when I was coming through and is on the staff now.
“And I know goalkeeping coach Stevie Woods from when he was in the academy at Celtic and then moved up.
“It’s a great platform for us to go there and show everyone we are a team doing well. so I just we can take something from the game.”
THOU SHALT NOT PASS…David Marshall makes a superb flying save to defy Barcelona.
Marshall is braced for a backlash from his old club in the fall-out of Ange Postecoglou’s side exit from the Champions League after the 2-0 loss to RB Leipzig on Tuesday night.
The veteran shotstopper, speaking to The Scotsman, added: “Celtic will do what the Old Firm always do when their backs are against the wall – they will look to go on a run.
“They will want to start that against us on Saturday.
“I was there when I was younger coming off the back of big nights, the crowd can be different and it can be difficult to get going at times.
“If that’s the case then we will try to take advantage of that.
“But we know that the way their manager sets them up, it’s the first 15 or 20 minutes they try to win games in. It’s a tough test for us.”