Celtic leave one European squad spot vacant
Ahead of their Europa League games with FC Utrecht, Celtic have again left one spot available for a new player to fill at the last minute.
Celtic have again left a space vacant in their squad list for their Europa League qualifying match with FC Utrecht, paving the way for a new arrival to feature. Neil Lennon has named a 24-man squad for the two-legged tie, one short of the maximum 25 Uefa allow.
As was the case when Gary Hooper was on the verge of signing ahead of the Champions League with Braga, Celtic have the option to introduce a player to the squad up until midnight the day before the first leg, which is scheduled for Thursday, August 19.
Marc Crosas is the highest profile exclusion from the A-list, with new signing Biram Kayal instead included. Andreas Hinkel again misses out, having also been left off the list for the games with Braga. Niall McGinn has also been left out.
However, Crosas, Hinkel or McGinn could yet earn a late call-up to the squad, should Celtic fail to secure a new player in time for the deadline on Wednesday night.
Aiden McGeady, whose move to Spartak Moscow was confirmed on Friday, is included on the list which was submitted to Uefa. However, as he was one of the players named by Celtic as part of their homegrown quota, he can only be replaced by another player who meets the criteria.
The likeliness is, given replacing McGeady would use up Celtic’s option to make one change, Celtic will go forward with a 23, or 24, man squad as they try to reach the group stages.
Celtic squad to face FC Utrecht, ‘A list’, Goalkeepers: Lukasz Zaluska, Dominic Cervi
Defenders: Jos Hooiveld, Cha Du-Ri, Mark Wilson, Charlie Mulgrew, Glenn Loovens, Thomas Rogne, Darren O’Dea, Ryan Conroy
Midfielders: Efrain Juarez, Scott Brown, Joe Ledley, Ki Sung-Yeung, Biram Kayal, Paddy McCourt, Shaun Maloney, Paul Slane
**Forwards: **Georgios Samaras, Morten Rasmussen, Marc-Antoine Fortune, Daryl Murphy, Gary Hooper
**‘B list’ players: **Richard Towell, James Keatings, James Forrest