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Celtic boss discusses chances of Erik Sviatchenko and Dedryck Boyata being fit for Rangers clash

The two defenders have had question marks over their fitness, forcing Ronny Deila to provide an update.

Ronny Deila has claimed that Erik Sviatchenko has a strong chance of featuring in Celtic's Scottish Cup tie with Rangers this Sunday, while the Norwegian also alleviated any concerns regarding Dedryck Boyata's fitness, the Daily Record reports.

With Sviatchenko having to be replaced on the hour-mark of the Hoops' game against Dundee earlier in the month, and then subsequently missing the win against Motherwell, it would have hardly been a surprise if the Dane was not ready for the semi-final clash at Hampden Park.

But perhaps more worryingly, the Record reports that Boyata - who did play against Well on Saturday - also sat out training yesterday.

However, Deila has confirmed that Boyata should be fit for the game, and hinted that his fellow defender may also be available.

"Sviatchenko has a really good chance. It's too early to tell right now but it's only a grade one pulled muscle," he told the Record.

"Boyata missed training but he will be fine. That's just a small thing.

"Everybody in the team wants to make themselves ready for Sunday."

If the pair are able to shake off any injuries in time for Sunday it would be a major boost to the team's chances of getting the better of their Old Firm foes. 

Although Mark Warburton's men are in the division below, they have proved when they have come up against top flight opposition that they can be ruthless going forward. 

And with Celtic's biggest weakness arguably being their defence, not having two of their stronger performers available would have given the Scottish Championship side huge belief that they could cause an upset. But with Deila hinting that the pair could be ready, it appears that the Gers' forwards could be in for a much more difficult afternoon.  

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