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Sparta Prague fly to Glasgow decimated by call offs

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Celtic will face a shadow Sparta Prague side tomorrow night in the Europa League.

Two goalkeepers were missing from the squad that left the Czech capital this morning leaving Sparta looking like they are going through the motions to fulfil the fixture.

In September Scotland effectively faced a B side when they beat the Czech Republic in a Nations League tie that they had hoped to postpone.

Sparta have lost both of their opening Europa League ties with Celtic looking to cash in tomorrow night when they clash in Matchday 3.

The Sun reports:

MILAN HECA is one of SEVEN first team players and TWO goalies who will miss Sparta Prague’s clash with Celtic. Injuries and positive tests have wrecked boss Vaclav Kotal’s plans for tomorrow’s Europa League clash at Parkhead.

As well as first choice Heca being out, Sparta will be without Slovakian keeper Dominik Holec. They will also miss teenage Czech cap Adam Hlozek, international defender Libor Kozak, Filip Soucek, Matej Hanousek and Bulgarian star Martin Minchev. All of them were absent on the flight which left the Czech capital for Glasgow earlier this morning.

In contrast Celtic appear to be adding to their squad. On Sunday Odsonne Edouard, Nir Bitton and Hatem Abd Elhamed featured against Aberdeen with all three missing the opening Europa League tie at home to AC Milan.

James Forrest, Chris Jullien and Mikey Johnston will miss out but in contrast to his opponents Neil Lennon’s squad looks in a strong position.

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