Winger Shaun Maloney has handed boss Neil Lennon a boost by returning to training after long-term injury.
The 28-year-old suffered damaged an ankle in a 2-2 home draw with Inverness Caledonian Thistle at the end of November but could be available again next week.
Celtic assistant manager Johan Mjallby told the club´s official website: “Maybe this weekend will be too soon for him but he will definitely compete soon for a first-team start. He is definitely on his way to breaking back into the team and at this moment we just want to give him as many quality training sessions as possible.”
Mjallby added: “With his experience it is not going to take him a long time to be up there. But when you have been out for such a long time you need to get football in as well as it is a contact sport.”
Mowbray allegations denied.
Former Hoops boss Tony Mowbray has become involved in a war of words with his old employers, reports the Northern Echo.
Mowbray has hit out at Celtic by claiming they refused him a pay-off after he had been sacked, resulting in him having to turn down jobs at ‘three or four’ other clubs. He also says he had to personally write off £350,000 to take up the post at the Riverside.
However, the allegations were swiftly denied by the Parkhead club and a spokesman insisted: “Here are the facts. Only one formal approach was made regards Tony and that came from Middlesbrough. We blocked no other approaches.
“Celtic paid every penny due to Tony under his contract up to the point where he requested to be released from it. This we did without hesitation in order that he could resume his career.”
Title key to keep Kayal.
The Evening Times says that in order for Celtic to keep hold of midfielder Beram Kayal they must win the Scottish Premier League title this season and guarantee a Champions League spot.
The 22-year-old, signed for £1.2m from Maccabi Haifa last summer, has been linked with several clubs recently, most notably Manchester United and Liverpool, and he revealed he has spoken with manager Neil Lennon concerning his future.
“Neil told me Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken about me and also said they like me at a lot of other teams in England,” said Kayal. “Kenny Dalglish indicated he wants me but the manager said he will not let me go. I have no choice, unless someone makes an offer Celtic cannot refuse. However, a bid of £10m could change the club’s thinking,” he added.