Celts rocked by Maloney injury

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Celtic manager Gordon Strachan revealed he now has a full team of players missing through injury after Shaun Maloney limped off with a dead leg during the 2-0 win over Motherwell at Parkhead.

Before the visit of the Lanarkshire side, Jean-Joel Perrier Doumbe, Chris Killen, Georgios Samaras, Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, Marc Crosas, Glenn Loovens, Aiden McGeady, and Artur Boruc - set to go in for a knee operation on Monday - were all ruled out through injury with only Samaras on his way back in the short term.

"We are up to a full team of injuries now but the rest of us will just get on with it," Strachan said. "It's not easy but they are sticking to their job and doing well."

To add to Strachan's woes, Shunsuke Nakamura was a late call-off after he was sent for a scan on his knee injury and youngster Paul McGowan was also ruled out with injury.

Although they are struggling in the Champions League, Celtic remain top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League after goals from Paul Hartley and Scott McDonald eased them to victory over the Fir Park side who were reduced to 10 men when David Clarkson was red-carded after appearing to push Hoops substitute Paul Caddis in the face.

Afterwards, Strachan surveyed the latest additions to his lengthy injury list.

He said: "Shaun had a dead leg. We tried to keep him jogging about at half-time but he couldn't get going in the second half.

"Nakamura injured himself on Thursday. He wanted to give it a go on Friday at training but the doctor sent him away for a scan and it's not good news. It's his knee and he will be missing for a couple of weeks."

Of his side's display on Saturday he said: "I was very pleased with them because it was a hard game.

"We will go again against Kilmarnock on Wednesday with the same guys."

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