McGeady concern for Celtic

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The Celtic midfielder Aiden McGeady will gamble on his fitness to play in the Champions' League game against Benfica on Tuesday. The 20-year-old playmaker injured an ankle in training with the Republic of Ireland in midweek but fears that he could have broken a bone were allayed when an MRI scan revealed a strain.

The midfielder will miss the trip to Dundee United but he said: "The injury is not as bad as I first thought. I am walking on it fine and, hopefully, I will be back playing soon."

Rangers manager Paul Le Guen will drop the goalkeeper Allan McGregor for Lionel Letizi against Inverness Caledonian Thistle today. Letizi has recovered from the calf problem which kept him out of the last eight games.

The 33-year-old was bought by Le Guen in the summer and was installed as first choice. When he was injuredagainst Hearts in August, Le Guen said Letizi would be back in the team when fit. However, a string of impressive displays from McGregor over the last two months meant the manager was expected to reconsider.

However, Le Guen said: "It is Lionel who will play against Inverness. That is my line of conduct. I met Lionel and Allan and it is my job to make this decision."

Hearts head coach Valdas Ivanauskas said the absence of the manager Tony Mowbray, who has left Hibernian for West Brom, will have no bearing on tomorrow's Edinburgh derby.

Mowbray's erstwhile assistant, Mark Venus, will be in charge, but Ivanauskas said: "A derby is a derby, there are no favourites. I don't speak about Hibs players, I'm looking to my team and how we are ready for the game. Every derby is the same. Edinburgh derby, Hamburg, Munich or Glasgow. Every derby is the same. I expect a fight."

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