Strachan expects Boruc stay

Celtic boss confident over keeper's future

Boruc: Talks ongoing

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Celtic manager Gordon Strachan has calmed fears over goalkeeper Artur Boruc's future at Parkhead.

The Polish keeper was rumoured to be frustrated waiting for a new contract offer, but Strachan insists talks are ongoing.

Boruc, 27, still has two years left on his current Celtic deal, with the option of a further year if a contract extension is agreed.

"We offered him talks at the beginning of the season and that is ongoing," Strachan said.

"We were the ones that instigated them and at the moment it's going great with (chief executive) Peter Lawwell and Artur so that's fine."

Boruc should be in goal when Celtic play Hearts in the CIS Insurance Cup quarter-final on Wednesday evening.

Strong side

Strachan, who left Shunsuke Nakamura and Scott McDonald out against Benfica, insists he will always play his strongest side when he can.

He said: "I always play my strongest side unless there's mitigating circumstances like last week. Any time we play I don't think you could say I've fielded a weakened side.

"We played Benfica last week and there was only one change from the side that beat Milan. We played on Saturday and we played the only two fit strikers we had.

"We have to win everything, it's just been proven that we have to win everything. If we don't then we have to take the criticism by not winning any and every game that comes along.

"We try our best not to have to deal with the criticism but to do that you have to win everything. Unfortunately we didn't win everything, we won one or two things but we didn't win everything."