Celtic handed triple boost ahead of Champions League clash with Ajax
Celtic have been boosted by the return to fitness of a trio of first-team regulars ahead of Wednesday's game with Ajax.
Last Updated: 06/11/13 9:05am
Georgios Samaras, Kris Commons and Mikael Lustig have travelled with the remainder of the party and are expected to start the crucial Group H encounter in Amsterdam.
Samaras and Commons have been sidelined with knee and hamstring injuries respectively and will be put through their paces in an evening workout at the Amsterdam ArenA.
And manager Neil Lennon will run the rule over Lustig, who started on the bench in last Saturday's 1-1 draw against Dundee United due to his long-standing hip problem, before finalising his starting line-up.
Skipper Scott Brown is suspended so Beram Kayal, who performed with great distinction against the Dutch champions in the recent 2-1 victory at Parkhead, will again deputise in midfield.
Despite his suspension, assistant manager Johan Mjallby believes Brown's presence in Amsterdam will prove vital for the morale of the travelling squad.
Speaking to Sky Sports News before flying out, Mjallby said: "All three should be fit. They are in the squad but we will have to wait until tonight when we watch them in training.
"They are very important players for us, and it is looking good for them."
On Brown's inclusion on the trip, Mjallby said: "It's disappointing Scott isn't allowed to play. He's our skipper. He's the skipper of the team and he's very important in the dressing room.
"He's in great form and he has been playing really well for us this season. It's good for us to have a look at him in training as well.
"This is a huge game for both sides. I't simportant that we get something from it but I think there is more pressure on Ajax as we are above them in the table.
"We have already beaten them once so why can't we do it again? This also gives us a chance to finish in the top two in the group.
"There will be massive pressure on Ajax as if they can't beat us they are going to be in all sorts of trouble when it comes to their chances of going through."
You can watch Celtic take on Ajax in Amsterdam live on Sky Sports 4 from 7.00pm on Wednesday evening