Celtic sweat after victory

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Neil Lennon will have an injury roll call following Celtic’s 2-0 win over Helsingborgs which took the Hoops to the brink of a place in the Champions League group stages.

Kris Commons got the visitors off to a dream start in the first leg of their play-off at the Olympia Stadium last night when he volleyed in a Georgios Samaras cross from 12 yards with less than two minutes on the clock.

Fraser Forster made several saves as the Swedish champions fought back, but in the 75th minute Samaras put Celtic in the driving seat for the second leg in Glasgow next Wednesday night when he headed in a Commons corner.

Manager Lennon urged caution, saying: “There is still a lot to play for. There was enough there to worry me as Helsingborgs were very impressive.”

Before Age Hareide’s side travel to Glasgow, Celtic have a trip to Inverness in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League at the weekend and Lennon will have to assess the impact of the game in Sweden.

He said: “Joe Ledley rapped his groin, Thomas Rogne is struggling with his ankle, Beram Kayal is feeling his ankle and Scott Brown had a touch of cramp towards the end.

“Kelvin (Wilson) has a touch of shin splints but he should be okay for the weekend. We will have Victor Wanyama back and Paddy McCourt will be fit.

“So we will have to see how Joe, Beram and Thomas are and also Kris Commons, who, ever since the Inter Milan game, has had a problem with his ankle and we will see how he is in the morning.

“These guys might have to shut down for a few days.”