Wednesday 18 October 2017

Injury worries for Mowbray

Tony Mowbray admits Celtic's trip to St Johnstone today has become even more difficult due to the lengthy list of absentees which has decimated his squad.

Ki Sung-yueng, Scott McDonald, Stephen McManus, Mark Wilson, Daniel Fox, Paul Caddis and Lee Naylor are all out injured and will miss the SPL clash at McDiarmid Park, while Landry N'Guemo is away on international duty with Cameroon. Celtic beat the Saints 5-2 in Glasgow earlier in the season but the Hoops boss is expecting a far tougher game this time round.

"St Johnstone have impressed me and they have a bright young manager in Derek McInnes," said Mowbray. "It becomes more difficult when you see our injury list -- the quality footballers that will not be available to us. That will make it more difficult for us."

Rangers leave it a Little late

Andrew Little netted his first senior goal for Rangers to rescue a point against Hearts and allow the Scottish champions to move 10 points clear at the top of the SPL.

The Edinburgh side thought they had grabbed the winner through Scott Robinson just a couple of minutes after they were reduced to 10 men when Christian Nade saw red.

But it was Little -- who came off the bench with 11 minutes to go -- who had the final say with a last-gasp equaliser for Walter Smith's men.

Kyle Lafferty recovered from flu to start the game, along with John Fleck, with fellow forwards Kris Boyd, Kenny Miller, Nacho Novo and Steven Naismith all out through injury.

Hearts also made two changes from their win over St Mirren last week, with Ian Black and Lee Wallace added to the starting line-up. Ruben Palazuelos was suspended and David Templeton was injured.

Attention key for Zambrotta

AC Milan defender Gianluca Zambrotta has warned his team-mates they must maintain their concentration to the very last moment of the game when they face their city and title rivals Inter Milan today.

The Rossoneri are on top form at the moment and stand one place and six points behind Inter.

However, Jose Mourinho's team head Serie A and have yet to be beaten at home with eight wins and two draws from their 10 league games at the San Siro.

Their last outing saw Inter recover from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Bari while their last home game produced a thrilling 4-3 victory over Siena despite trailing 3-2 with two minutes to go.

Although Zambrotta has been ruled out by injury, he has underlined the importance of keeping focused until the game has finished.

"Inter are a team that has recovered games in the 90th minute on more than one occasion and even managed to win," said Zambrotta.

"Inter never give up, without forgetting they have players who can win the match at any moment."

Toffees agree Senderos deal

Everton have agreed a deal with Arsenal to bring in defender Philippe Senderos on loan until the end of the campaign.

The 24-year-old Swiss international joined the Gunners in December 2002, but has found himself surplus to requirements and spent last season on loan at AC Milan.

An Everton statement confirmed the deal and is expected to be concluded in the coming days.

"Everton and Arsenal have agreed a deal to bring Swiss international defender Philippe Senderos to Goodison Park," it said. The formalities will be finalised in the next 48 hours."

Senderos was a part of the Arsenal side that won the 2005 FA Cup at the expense of Manchester United, and has 33 caps for Switzerland.

St Ledger to stay at Preston

Preston manager Darren Ferguson confirmed Celtic have inquired about defender Sean St Ledger.

The Republic of Ireland international has returned to Deepdale following a loan spell at Middlesbrough. Ferguson is keen to keep St Ledger and told Celtic they have "no chance" at the moment.

"They have inquired but are a million miles away from getting Sean. The value was set when he went to Middlesbrough," said Ferguson.

"I have had a couple of conversations with Sean and he is perfectly happy here. I definitely want to keep him. He is one of the best defenders in the league.

"I have no doubt he can play at a higher level but there is a valuation. If someone meets it I might have a different conversation."

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