Celtic boss Ronny Delia provides injury update on two players

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Jozo Simunovic was substituted late on for Celtic against Aberdeen, while Scott Brown was absent.

Ronny Delia says Jozo Simunovic may have been suffering from cramp at the end of his side’s victory over Aberdeen, whereas Scott Brown is unlikely to face Molde, the Celtic official Twitter account report.

Celtic established a greater foothold at the top of Scottish Premiership thanks to a comfortable 3-1 win over second-placed Aberdeen at Parkhead in Saturday's early kick-off.

It was a decent performance from the hosts, yet one which wasn’t without uncertainty as defender Simunovic had to be replaced 12 minutes from time after struggling with injury.

Fears of a possible hamstring pull were first evident after the player performed a sprint, however Delia is more inclined to believe it was just cramp as he spoke to reporters at the full-time whistle.

One notable absentee from the victory over Aberdeen was experienced midfielder Scott Brown, the 30-year-old sitting out despite featuring in last weekend’s 5-0 win over Dundee United.

With a huge game against Molde approaching, fans would hope the Scotland international will be available for selection, but Delia feels it’s a game too soon for the skipper.

Celtic’s Europa League hopes hang in the balance and only victory over Norwegian outfit Molde will suffice if they harbour any real expectations of reaching the knockout stages.

Stefan Johansen and Nir Britton are more than capable of playing a key role in midweek, though the experience of Brown could end up being a big loss.

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