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Boerrigter to miss Champions League match

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Celtic's £3 million signing from Ajax, Derk Boerrigter, has not travelled to Sweden for Celtic's vital Champions League tie against Elfsborg at the Boras Arena.

The Dutchman left the field in the 39th minute of his debut against Ross County on Saturday after picking up an ankle injury. He has failed to recover in time for Wednesday's match and will be looking on from home, hoping his new teammates can get the job done.

Celtic bring a 1-0 lead into this second leg after Kris Commons' goal in the first leg in Glasgow.

Boerrigter won't be the only Celtic man not playing due to injury, however, as Tom Rogic and Virgil van Dijk will also sit out.

Manager Neil Lennon can take heart, though, from the news that Greek striker Georgios Samaras could be back after a toe injury, while centre-back Kelvin Wilson could also return after a shin splints problem.

Even better news for the Hoops is that Mo Bangura is a major doubt for the Swedish side after a suspected hamstring injury picked up in training. The Sierra Leone striker is a Celtic player, who happened to be on loan to the Swedes when the qualifying draw paired his new side against his parent club.

Bangura's participation in the first leg was a controversial one, therefore, after Celtic made efforts to have him watch from the stands. In the end, the striker started against the club he joined in 2011 and was subject to many boos at Celtic Park.

Celtic will now have no excuse should they go out against Elfsborg with Bangura unlikely to play any part.

The third round qualifying match kicks off at 18.45 BST on Wednesday night.

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