Midfielder Joe Ledley seems certain to be ruled out of Celtic´s SPL clash with Kilmarnock at Rugby Park on Wednesday, reports The Scotsman, and he is also a major doubt for the Old Firm fixture at Ibrox this Sunday.
The Welshman , forced off with a hamstring injury after 69 minutes of the Hoops´ 4-0 Scottish Cup semi-final win over Aberdeen, has practically ruled himself out of the ´Killie` game and is concerned he may miss the Rangers match.
He said: “I will have a scan and see what that says, but I don’t think I will be involved at Kilmarnock on Wednesday. I played a pass and it sort of tightened up a bit. I hope I can be fit for Sunday but we will just have to wait and see what the scan says.”
Lennon praises players.
Boss Neil Lennon has praised his players after they successfully overcame 10- man Aberdeen in Sunday´s semi-final at Hampden.
Dons´ central defender Andrew Considine was dismissed in the first half for tripping Gary Hooper, with Anthony Stokes missing the resultant spot-kick, and Lennon has paid tribute to his side´s performance.
“I know it was 10 men but sometimes 10 men are difficult to break down, so I have to give credit to the players. They were excellent,” he told Celtic´s Official Website.
“Anthony Stokes could have had a couple in the first half and Gary Hooper started the second half brilliantly and, but for keeper Jamie Langfield, we could have been more comfortable winners.
“ We just needed to tidy up our final ball at times and move it quicker. We got our rewards for that and it set the tone for the rest of the game.”
Italian striker arrives.
According to the Glasgow Evening Times, Celtic will this week give a trial to Catania´s 6ft 6in Italian forward Gianvito Plasmati as they start to plan for next season.
Plasmati will be available on a free transfer from the Serie A side this summer and will spend a few days training at Lennoxtown in a bid to impress boss Neil Lennon.
Despite being just 28 years of age he has already had 12 clubs (including loan signings), mainly in the lower reaches of Italian football, and was excluded from the Catania squad at the start of the 2010/11 campaign following financial and contractual problems.
However, he arrives with a decent pedigree and a respectable goalscoring record as he attempts to get his career back on track in Scotland.