Anthony Stokes is out of Celtic’s Europa League clash with Astra tomorrow night.The Republic of Ireland striker was deemed to unwell to travel to Romania for the game.Stokes’ absence diminishes Ronny Deila’s striker options still further, with top scorer John Guidetti ineligible to play and Kris Commons and James Forrest injured. Meanwhile Celtic assistant manager John Collins says Aleksandar Tonev is itching to play again.The winger, who’s on loan from Aston Villa, missed the Scottish Premiership win over Inverness because he’s serving a seven match ban for racial abuse.Tonev is available for the trip to Astra.
Ex-Ghana striker Felix Aboagye has urged the Black Stars to settle their 2014 World Cup play-offs tie against Egypt at home.The Ghanaians will host the North African side in the first leg on October 13 in the second largest city of Kumasi before travelling to Egypt for the return fixture at a yet to be determined venue.The Pharaohs are a strong side at their own backyard and will prove a difficult to crack.The 37-year-old, who played for Egyptian giants Zamalek, wants the tie to be settled in the garden city.“Since they are coming away first they are going to pack their midfield, play one striker and rely on a counter attack. He told Radio XYZ“It is vital that we open up the game and make sure that we split their defense and get goals as soon as the game starts. “I am very happy going into this game because if you look at the game we played previously, we scored in all of them both home and away with the exception of the one against Zambia in Ndola and that can help us mentally in a match of that magnitude”“The match must be won in Kumasi in the 1st leg so as that it will calm nerves ahead of the second leg.“They will deploy all kinds of tactics to frustrate us in these games especially in the 2nd leg in their backyard so it is important to settle the tie in Ghana when they visit.”