Celtic v Cliftonville preview

Team news for Tuesday's Champions League second qualifying round second-leg leg between Celtic and Cliftonville at Parkhead.

Last Updated: 23/07/13 at 19:09

Gary Hooper: Back in the Celtic squad

Gary Hooper: Back in the Celtic squad

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Gary Hooper returns to the Celtic squad despite uncertainty over his future.

The Scottish Champions and QPR have been in negotiations about the sale of the English striker but he will feature against the Irish part-timers after recovering from a groin strain.

Defenders Charlie Mulgrew and Adam Matthews (both hamstring) and midfielder Joe Ledley (groin) are back training but not ready while defender Virgil Van Dijk will be out for a couple of weeks with a foot injury.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon said: "With Gary coming in to the squad we would like to give him some game time.

"Again, we will go as strong as possible.

"We are still very early, if you want to call it the middle of pre-season, we

don't kick-off the league season until another 10 or 12 days so I want to get as much football into the senior boys as I can."

Celtic will carry a 3-0 advantage into the second leg at Parkhead after goals from Mikael Lustig, Georgios Samaras James Forrest in the first leg in Northern Ireland.

Squad: Forster, Izaguirre, Ambrose, Wilson, Lustig, Brown, Commons, Forrest, Stokes, Kayal, Samaras, Hooper, Zaluska, Balde, Rogic, Irvine, McGeouch, Watt, Waters.

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