Celtic will be without Freddie Ljungberg (calf strain), Cha Du-ri (ankle) and Joe Ledley, out for the season with a hamstring injury, for Sunday´s encounter with Dundee United at Parkhead.
Neil Lennon’s side, having won their last eight home league matches, currently lie four points behind Rangers with two games in hand after the Gers´ 5-0 demolition of Motherwell on Saturday.
Dundee United manager Peter Houston sees the return of four players in the shape of Morgaro Gomis, Sean Dillon, Mihael Kovacevic and Paul Dixon after injury and suspension, but Darren Dods is still sidelined.
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Lennon denies Sutton interest.
Neil Lennon has denied any interest in Motherwell striker John Sutton, a former teammate of the Celtic boss from his brief spell at Wycombe Wanderers towards the end of his playing days.
The 27-year-old, nearing the end of his contract with the Fir Park outfit, is the younger brother of former Parkhead favourite Chris Sutton and has scored 17 goals so far this season.
However, Lennon told BBC Scotland: “John is a good player and I’ve known him for a while. He has had a very good season, but it is speculation more than anything else. I am not going to talk about targets at the minute.”
The Hoops meet Motherwell in the Scottish Cup Final on May 21 and ´Well boss Stuart McCall has also refuted suggestions there has been an approach from Celtic.
Ledley to look after Matthews.
Wales Online reports that midfielder Joe Ledley is prepared to take former Cardiff City teammate Adam Matthews under his wing when the defender moves to Celtic this summer.
The Welsh Under-21 defender signed a pre-contract agreement with the Hoops in February after refusing a new deal with Cardiff, and Ledley knows the difficulties involved in such a move.
“It’s a great signing and Adam has the potential to be one of the best full-backs in Britain,” said Ledley, “but I’ll have to take him under my wing.
“People think when players move away everything is sorted – you’ve got money, you’re playing football and people think what more do they want?
“At Cardiff I knew when I was down or needed something I had people around me. It does take time to settle and I’ll be there for Adam to guide him as best I can.”