Ronny Deila will begin his quest for the Scottish Cup when Celtic travel to Stranraer on Sunday.

The Hoops were one decision away from having a chance at achieving a domestic treble in the semi-final last season against Inverness CT.

It would have made Deila only the second Celtic manager ever to achieve such a feat in his first season and the third Celtic manager ever.

The last time the clubs met at Stair Park in 2001, Celtic ran out 4-1 winners.


Craig Gordon is suspended from last year’s semi-final tie against Inverness after picking up a red card in the 3-2 loss.

Logan Bailly, whose last appearance came in August against Dundee United, is expected to get a rare start in goal.

Nadir Ciftci is also suspended for the fourth round Scottish Cup tie against Stranraer.

Leigh Griffiths is expected to return to the starting line-up after coming off the bench to score the winning goal in the Glasgow derby.

Stuart Armstrong will miss the game with a back injury.

Ryan Christie is expected to return to training fully next week and Dedryck Boyata, Scott Brown and Charlie Mulgrew are all making progress to return from their respective injuries.


Argentine striker Luciano Nequecaur is free to face Celtic having extended his stay until the end of January.

Winger Willie Gibson has also been re-signed, six months after leaving the club.

Stranraer are also faced with a goalkeeping crisis after number one David McGurn broke his toe.