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Celts exclude duo from Zagreb mission

Captain Scott Brown and winger James Forrest have been left out of the Celtic squad by manager Ronny Reila for their final Europa League Group D game against Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia tomorrow night.

The Hoops have already qualified for the knock-out stages and Brown is one booking away from a suspension while Forrest is still coming back to full fitness after injury.

Ineligible striker John Guidetti drops out again while midfielder Charlie Mulgrew (knee) and defender Jason Denayer (foot) are unavailable to manager Ronny Deila.

Right-back Mikael Lustig has recovered from a hamstring injury but the game comes too soon for him.


Speaking at Glasgow Airport before the team flew out, assistant manager John Collins said: "Scott Brown has been left behind. He is on a booking so we will rest him and I think he deserves a little rest.

"James Forrest stayed at home, he will be ready for the weekend.

"But we will approach it the same as every other game, the exact same preparation.

"We will treat them with respect. We want a good performance and we want to finish the group on a high.

"The lads have done terrifically well in qualifying.

"It is a nice position to be in but ultimately we want a result and we want a performance.

"We can go and enjoy the game but you only enjoy it if you play well and get a result.

"There is a chance there will be one or two changes but not too many changes, that is always dangerous."