Efe Ambrose is quite rightly receiving praise for an impressive debut on Tuesday but these are still early days, our comrades from Fife didn’t present a great challenge. Berman Kayal also put in a sold shift and, for the record, I’ve been more impressed by him than the even more lauded Victor Wanyama, when both have been on top form, but I would not consider either for a start in Moscow.
With five days until we play Spartak it was more important we saw Joe Ledley, if only briefly. Joe will need 90 minutes on Saturday. Even if he gets this he might still be short of fitness for the Champions League. The most important result from Saturday will hopefully be Georgios Samaras coming through 90 minutes without incident.
Along with Scott Brown, Georgios is one of only two players with Champions League experience prior to this season. He was also absolutely critical in Celtic breezing through the qualifiers. Fir Park is a tight, agricultural, field compared to the expansive artificial surface of the Luzhniki, but it will be a good proving ground for anyone hoping to impress Neil Lennon with their fitness.
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