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Matthews keeps Celtic's Euro faith


Equaliser: Adam Matthews saved the day for Celtic on Saturday

Equaliser: Adam Matthews saved the day for Celtic on Saturday

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Equaliser: Adam Matthews saved the day for Celtic on Saturday

Celtic 2 Inverness CT 2: Adam Matthews believes Celtic have enough quality within their ranks to overcome Shakhter Karagandy after staging an impressive comeback against Inverness.

The Hoops fought back from two goals down to claim a 2-2 draw and a point against the table-topping Highlanders in the Scottish Premiership.

And they must show even more fighting spirit to wipe out a two-goal deficit and rescue their Champions League play-off when the Kazakhstan champions come calling on Wednesday night.

But, despite injury concerns ahead of one of the biggest games of the season, Matthews has faith in Celtic's ability to produce the goods at Parkhead in midweek.

The right-back said: "We are confident we can get the result we need. I think we will have a few players back to make the squad stronger, which is always good, but I think with the team we've got anyway we can cause them problems."

Georgios Samaras and Kris Commons are most likely to recover from injury ahead of the clash, with James Forrest and Derk Boerrigter rated 50/50.

Anthony Stokes is a doubt and Beram Kayal has all but been ruled out after suffering a groin against Inverness.

Matthews salvaged the draw with a late goal after playing further forward in the second half.

And he would be willing to take on the role of right winger again against the Kazakhs if called upon.

He said: "If that's the case, I will do it and try my best."

Caley Thistle raced into the lead thanks to goals from Aaron Doran and Richie Foran before Charlie Mulgrew pulled a goal back just before half-time and Matthews netted a late leveller.

He said: "I scored a few last year and that was my first goal this season.

"I thought our second half performance deserved all three points but we are happy with the draw."

Belfast Telegraph