Spartak v Celtic preview
Matthews doubtful for Hoops; Spartak without Dykan
Last Updated: 02/10/12 11:07am
Adam Matthews: Doubtful for Celtic with an ankle problem
Celtic face a tough away game on Tuesday night as they travel to Russia to take on Spartak Moscow at the Luzhniki Stadium.
Neil Lennon's side came through qualifying before being placed in a difficult but exciting Group G, which also contains Benfica and Barcelona.
Having started their group campaign with a goalless draw at home to Benfica, and with two games against Barcelona coming next, the Hoops will be determined to come back from Moscow with a positive result.
Wales right-back Adam Matthews is a doubt for Celtic after missing Saturday's SPL win over Motherwell with an injured ankle.
Matthews travelled to Moscow with his foot in a protective cast but Lennon, ahead of training on Monday night, was not optimistic of him taking part.
Striker Lassad Nouioui is definitely out with a calf injury.
It is sure to be an emotional occasion for former Celtic player Aiden McGeady, who is set to line up for Spartak two years after his departure from Parkhead.
McGeady was rested for the 3-1 win over Amkar at the weekend which took Spartak to fifth in the Russian Premier League, four points behind leaders Anzhi Makhachkala.
Spartak are looking for their first points in Group G, though, after losing 3-2 away to Barcelona in their opening game.
Goalkeeper Andriy Dykan has been ruled out for a month after suffering a shoulder injury, while Evgeni Makeev is doubtful with a calf problem.
Spartak will be hoping that Celtic find life difficult on the artificial surface at the stadium, with McGeady saying: "Generally, our record over the past few years hasn't been that great at home, but, possibly, Celtic aren't used to playing on this type of pitch, so it's possibly going to be a tricky match for them."
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