Strachan - Boruc is ready

Bhoys boss happy with Polish ace

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Celtic boss Gordon Strachan believes Artur Boruc is mentally ready to play in Sunday's crucial Old Firm clash against arch-rivals Rangers.

Boruc has hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons this term, whether it be for a serious of high-profile blunders or a reported training ground spat with Aiden McGeady, while he was also fined for an incident on the club's pre-season tour of Holland.

Following Wednesday's 1-0 win over Wales in the Algarve, Poland assistant coach Jan de Zeeuw was reported as saying the pressure on the keeper made it "difficult for him".

However, Bhoys manager Strachan is happy with the Poland international's frame of mind and is more than comfortable utilising him against Gers at Celtic Park.

No problems

"I don't think there should be any problems whatsoever," he said. "It's done, the incident is finished and we get on with it. It's the only way I can deal with it.

"I haven't seen (what the Poland coach said) but I'm not interested. I deal with what I see and I get on with it."

Asked if Boruc will play in the derby clash, Strachan replied: "You will find out on Sunday."

With Celtic just two points clear of Rangers in the SPL table, Strachan is fully aware of the importance of Sunday's clash.

Huge game

"It's a huge game," he said. "You look forward to it; there's no doubt about that but you dread, you just dread, getting beaten.

"In saying that I think it's been proved in the last couple of games that it doesn't determine where trophies go.

"Rangers have picked up more points than us (recently), while we have not done enough to keep seven points ahead.

"So we only have ourselves to blame on that count. We do feel we have enough in our squad, that we should have done better but we didn't."