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Monday 23 April 2018

Celtic's injured trio travel to Amsterdam

Celtic's Mikael Lustig. Picture credit: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire.
Celtic's Mikael Lustig. Picture credit: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire.

GEORGIOS Samaras, Kris Commons and Mikael Lustig have all travelled with Celtic ahead of tomorrow night's Champions League game against Ajax.

Samaras (knee) and Commons (hamstring) both missed Saturday's Scottish Premiership game against Dundee United, while Lustig came off the bench having been troubled by a hip problem.

The trio will be assessed at training tonight ahead of the Amsterdam clash.

Asked if they will be fit to start, Hoops assistant boss Johan Mjallby said: "They should be. They are in the squad.

"We have to wait until tonight and we will watch them in training.

"It looks good. They are important players for us."

Despite being suspended, club captain Scott Brown also travelled with the rest of the squad to offer his support.

Mjallby added: "It's disappointing Scott isn't allowed to play.

"He's our skipper. He's the skipper of the team and he's very important in the dressing room.

"He's in great form and he has been playing really well for us this season.

"It's good for us to have a look at him in training as well."

Celtic go into the match sitting third – and above Ajax – in the group after picking up their first victory against the Dutch giants at Parkhead a fortnight ago.

Pressure

Mjallby believes tomorrow's match is an important one for the Scottish champions but says it is not a must-win game. He said: "No, not at all. But it's important that we get something from the game.

"I think there's more pressure on Ajax because we are above them in the table. If we can take something from the game, we are still in a good position. A win and three points would be a dream."

He added: "Of course they are beatable. We have already beaten them once so why can't we do it twice?"

Mjallby agreed that this clash with Ajax is Celtic's biggest game so far.

He said: "It is because this is our chance now to finish in the top two in the group.

"It's going to be massive for us to try to get something.

"There is massive pressure on Ajax as well because if they can't beat us tomorrow night, they are going to be in all sorts of trouble when it comes to their chances of going through."

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