Deila provides Champions League injury update: Commons, Mackay-Stevens fit but Mulgrew doubtful

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The Celtic boss was speaking to reporters ahead of the Bhoys' Qarabag tie.

Celtic boss Ronny Deila has delivered an injury update ahead of his side's key Champions League qualifer against Qarabag, according to the club's official Twitter feed.

Indeed, the Bhoys got past Stjarnan in their last European clash but now face Azerbaijani side Qarabag on Wedneseday night.

Ahead of the clash, Kris Commons has given Celtic a big fitness boost and is available for the tie, while Gary Mackay-Steven also is, despite missing training with a cold.

Charlie Mulgrew, however, is a doubt. Indeed, Deila says the 29-year-old is still 'struggling' and doesn't rate his chances of making the Qarabag tie too highly.

The Norwegian, meanwhile, is 'excited' ahead of the tie as it provides the Hoops with a big test.

Home advantage is something Deila has emphasised repeatedly in the build-up to the European tie and he once again stressed that factor during his press conference, telling reporters:

If Celtic can bypass Qarabag, they really will be mightily close to the Champions League group stages and will have made a much better fist of things this year compared to last term. Nothing should be taken for granted, however, and a strong first-leg performance at Parkhead will be a necessity.

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