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Mjallby: I expect big finish from my Bhoys

Johan Mjallby has warned Celtic players not to drop into holiday mode despite another tranche of the Hoops squad being excused duty against Ross County tomorrow.

Kris Commons, Joe Ledley, Efe Ambrose and Kelvin Wilson were all missing from last week's 3-1 defeat at Motherwell after they were given the week off by manager Neil Lennon following his side's retention of their Scottish Premier League title.

This week, Georgios Samaras, Charlie Mulgrew, Gary Hooper and Fraser Forster will all definitely miss the trip to Dingwall with Emilio Izaguirre also set to be left out as the champions take a breather before gearing back up for the Scottish Cup final against Hibernian later in the month.

Lennon's assistant Mjallby (inset right) said: "We know we have the crucial cup final which is the most important game but we still have to keep that winning mentality and have confidence going into the final.

"It is important the players don't take their eye off the ball because that means there will be a wee bit of a holiday mode and we don't want to have that.

"It is not as if we are dismissing the other teams but with having the title in the bag, we have this luxury to pick and choose who we are going to play.

"It is a good chance (against County) to play some players who have not had much game time, to show the manager that they want to fight for a jersey and give the manager a headache.

"But from next week and onwards there is going to be a lot of focus on the cup final and preparing the players.

"We are all going to send a message to the players that we still have two league games to go and there will be a more intensive outlook in training."

Mjallby expects another tough test in Dingwall, a place where Celtic have picked up only one point from six this season.

The former Sweden international said: "We are still going to pick the strongest team available and try to get the three points. It is important to get back on track. We were very disappointed the way we conceded the goals at Motherwell and we are looking for improvements."


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