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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

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.

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Scottish Football Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
19:45
Inverness v Aberdeen  
Saturday, 19 April 2014
12:45
Motherwell v Celtic  
15:00
Hearts v Ross Co  
Kilmarnock v Partick  
St J'stone v Dundee Utd  
St Mirren v Hibernian  
Friday, 25 April 2014
19:45
Partick v St Mirren  
Saturday, 26 April 2014
15:00
Aberdeen v St J'stone  
Dundee Utd v Motherwell  
Ross Co v Kilmarnock  

Scottish Premiership

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Celtic 33 66 88
2 Aberdeen 33 17 63
3 Motherwell 33 5 60
4 Dundee Utd 33 17 54
5 Inverness 33 5 52
6 St J'stone 33 7 48
7 Hibernian 33 -15 34
8 Kilmarnock 33 -16 33
9 Ross Co 33 -18 31
10 St Mirren 33 -21 31
11 Partick 33 -21 30
12 Hearts 33 -26 13

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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