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Celtic in race to sign Wakaso in time for Maribor

CELTIC have a "50-50" chance of signing Ghana winger Mubarak Wakaso in time for the first leg of their Champions League play-off against Maribor in Slovenia tonight, according to assistant manager John Collins.

The Ruban Kazan player will move to Parkhead subject to a medical and the Scottish champions were hoping the loan deal was completed before 11pm last night so that he can be registered for the match.

Collins, who confirmed that James Forrest and Adam Matthews will miss the match through injury, before the Scottish champions flew out to Maribor and said: "It is probably 50-50. The medical is being done overseas and hopefully he will join us over there (Slovenia), fingers crossed, but nothing definite.

"He has pace in the wider areas, can deliver on his left foot, that is what we are looking for, to add pace at the top of the pitch."

Celtic's tie against Maribor was finally confirmed on Monday night after the CAS turned down Legia Warsaw's last-ditch request to be re-admitted to the Champions League.

The former Celtic midfielder said: "I don't need to tell the players, everyone at the football club knows that we have a second chance and it is important that we capitalise on that.

"We are looking forward to it. They are the Slovenian champions, we have had them watched a few times but again, it is all about our performance.

"We want to keep it tighter at the back, make sure we don't concede soft goals and when the chances come along put them in the back of the net."