KRIS COMMONS has a 50/50 chance of facing Inter Milan, according to Celtic assistant boss john Collins.
The midfielder is suffering from a hamstring injury and has missed the club’s last two games against Patrick Thistle and St.Johnstone.
Commons has admitted that Thursday’s Europa League tie at Parkhead may come too early for him.
Collins said: “He has trained the last couple of days, but not full sessions.
“As every day goes by, we are monitoring him.
“He will do a little bit more tomorrow and we will see on Thursday morning.
“I would say 50/50 would probably be right. It’s a grade one hamstring injury, a slight one, so you have to be careful, especially with lots of games coming up.
“This is a huge game and we would love Kris to be available, but it would be daft for us to push him and risk doing further damage.
“He’s an experienced player and knows what he’s capable of, so we are just taking it a day at a time.”
Meanwhile former Croatia boss Slaven Bilic has dismissed bizarre rumours linking him with Celtic.
Bilic was forced to publicly deny the speculation after strange stories in the Turkish media insisted the 46-year-old was set to quit as Besiktas boss for the Hoops.
The ex-international centre-half, who played for Everton and West Ham in the nineties, dismissed the talk as nonsense.
He said: “I’m focused on the team here and on winning the championship.
“There’s no question of me leading Celtic or any team in the UK. Zero probability.”
Bilic’s name was linked with the Parkhead side in 2010 after Tony Mowbray’s sacking. However, Neil Lennon got the job in a caretaker capacity before the appointment was made permanent at the end of that season.
Besiktas press officer Metin Albayrak believes that the purpose of the “leaked information” was to create unrest at the club, who are currently top of the league.
He said: “These rumors were passed deliberately to stir the team.
“We have created this team with Bilic over two years and have made long-term plans.
“Why would we destroy everything in a moment?”
Now if Ronny Delia hadn’t been doing so well this is the kind of story that certain papers would have on their back pages ahead of a big European night.
Maybe they would have been better linking Bilic to Sevco who seem in dire need of a football manager.