Celtic v Dundee Utd preview

Celtic striker Georgios Samaras is a major doubt for Saturday's Premiership clash against Dundee United at Celtic Park.

Last Updated: 02/11/13 at 13:44

Georgios Samaras: Celtic ace has a knee injury and may miss Dundee United clash

Georgios Samaras: Celtic ace has a knee injury and may miss Dundee United clash

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Greece striker was forced off the park 10 minutes from the end of last weekend's 2-1 win at Partick Thistle after suffering a deep gash to his knee.

The injury required stitches and manager Neil Lennon is unlikely to risk his Champions League talisman just four days before the 'return' against Ajax at the Amsterdam ArenA.

However, there was better news for Lennon when full-back Emilio Izaguirre, who like Samaras missed the final stages of the Thistle game with a head injury, was passed fit to face Jackie McNamara's side.

Midfielder Joe Ledley was rested on Friday due to a back problem but should be ready to play while James Forrest (ankle) and Charlie Mulgrew (heel) are back in contention for a start.

But Lennon is unlikely to rush back Kris Commons with the Ajax tie in mind after the midfielder sat out the trip to Firhill due to a hamstring strain.

Nadir Ciftci is available for Dundee United as he awaits the appeal against his red card at Inverness and hearings over misconduct charges.

But the visitors have a slight doubt over keeper Radoslaw Cierzniak who is carrying an ankle injury from the extra-time League Cup defeat against Caley.

Andrew Robertson has been suffering from a dead leg but McNamara is confident the United defender will be available.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Scottish Football Fixtures

Saturday, 20 December 2014
15:00
Aberdeen v Kilmarnock  
Partick v Dundee  
Ross Co v Hamilton  
St J'stone v Inverness  
St Mirren v Motherwell  
Sunday, 21 December 2014
12:15
Dundee U v Celtic  
Saturday, 27 December 2014
15:00
Celtic v Ross Co  
Dundee v St Mirren  
Kilmarnock v Hamilton  
Motherwell v Partick  

Footer 365

Premier League: Mario Balotelli handed one-match ban for social media post

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been given a one-match ban by the FA after his controversial post on social media.

Premier League: Agent confirms Hatem Ben Arfa is poised for a January transfer

Hatem Ben Arfa is set for a January move after finding himself unwanted at Newcastle and Hull, his agent has confirmed.

Liverpool: Kolo Toure says Adam Lallana is player of season

Kolo Toure has named Adam Lallana as Liverpool's player of the season despite Raheem Sterling's eye-catching form.

Mail Box

Gonna Party Like It's Your Birthday...

There are an awful lot of folk claiming to share their birthdays with Lionel Messi or Ronaldo, while we have an Arsenal fan who doesn't want to be liked and more...

Manager Of The Month, My A***...

We have a Newcastle fan having a pop at his manager, some mild reaction to last night at Bournemouth, a justication of that Falcao cost and why the Neviller rules...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property