Caldwell ready for challenge

Centre-back revelling in stresses of title race

Caldwell: Ready for action

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Celtic defender Gary Caldwell is prepared for the pressures of the SPL title race following the international break.

The centre-back is ready to face Hamilton on Saturday after representing Scotland in the World Cup qualifying double-header against Holland and Iceland.

Games continue to come thick and fast for Caldwell as he returns to domestic action but, as Celtic chase a fourth successive league title, he is ready for the challenge.

He said: "I'm going back to the stress of playing with Celtic but I'm looking forward to it.

"It's the time of the season where every game is important and anything dropped is going to be vital, so you have to be on your game.

Demand

"There are nine games to go, nine big games but we know that if we win them then we are champions again.

"You treat a game against Hamilton the same as you would an international game.

"It is physically demanding. You rest, recuperate and, come Saturday, we will be raring to go again."

Meanwhile, Scotland captain Stephen McManus, who recovered from an ankle injury to face Iceland only to pick up a swollen cheekbone, a black eye and an open cut on his left eyebrow, insists he will be fit for Celtic.

He said: "It's not any different from getting a cut anywhere else on your body, and there's no way that I won't be fit for Saturday."