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Samaras, Commons expected to be fit for Celtic's vital clash with Shakhter

Celtic boss Neil Lennon expects Georgios Samaras and Kris Commons to be available for Wednesday night's Champions League playoff qualifier with Shakhter Karagandy.

The pair missed the weekend's league draw with Inverness but should be fit as the Hoops prepare to overcome the 2-0 first leg loss which occurred in Kazakhstan on Tuesday.

However, there is some bad news for Celtic with news that James Forrest, Derk Boerrigter and Anthony Stokes may all miss.

"Georgios and Kris are looking really optimistic," said Lennon.

"James and Derk are probably 50-50 while Anthony has had a scan and it is a grade one calf strain. He is doubtful and that could be a real blow.

"I wanted to get him on in Kazakhstan but it was a major problem."

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