HELSINKI (1) v CELTIC (2) Cham­pi­ons League Qual­i­fier – 2nd leg

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY AUG 9 -

NEIL LEN­NON will give skip­per Scott Brown and winger James For­rest ev­ery chance to make tonight’s game in Fin­land.

Brown’s hip in­jury kept him out of the 1-0 SPL open­ing week­end win over Aberdeen.

For­rest also missed the league cur­tain­raiser and is now bat­tling to re­cover from a groin in­jury.

Striker Ge­or­gios Sa­ma­ras has shrugged off the ef­fects of a boot to the face sus­tained against the Dons, while de­fender Char­lie Mul­grew re­turns from sus­pen­sion.

And the Hoops boss is con­fi­dent of Brown mak­ing it.


He said: “Ge­or­gios will be fine. We will see how James and Scott are this evening.

“They are still a lit­tle bit stiff and sore so we’re giv­ing them as much time as we can. We’ll maybe even give them un­til the af­ter­noon of the game.

“I think there has been a sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment in both of them over the last cou­ple of days.

“Hav­ing spo­ken to the med­i­cal team, Brown’s chances are good – and Scott likes to play even when he is not 100 per cent.

“He’s such an im­por­tant player for us but be­cause it’s such an im­por­tant game, we can’t take too many chances.

“And let’s not for­get it’s still so early in the sea­son. We don’t want to lose him if we push him too hard too early.”

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