By Will Butcher

Celtic assistant coach John Kennedy is “pretty confident” that Scotland internationals Leigh Griffiths and Kieran Tierney will be fit to face Rangers on Saturday.

The senior duo pulled out of Scotland’s World Cup qualifying squad to face Malta, and with a Champions League trip to Barcelona next week the fitness of both players is essential.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Kennedy revealed that 40-goal hitman Griffiths and flying left-back Tierney are “pretty positive” ahead of Saturday’s first domestic Old Firm battle in four years.

“Kieran Tierney and Leigh Griffiths are pretty positive,” Kennedy told Sky Sports. “As the week progresses we’ll see how they are.

“Treatment and rehab are going well. We’re pretty confident but don’t want to commit.”

Former Wolves goal machine Griffiths has been substituted in the last two Hoops games, with complaints over a hamstring problem.

Both teams go into the derby fixture in fantastic form, with Celtic winning their last five home games and scoring 19 goals in the process.

Brendan Rodgers side currently sit at the top of the table with three domestic wins from three, while Mark Warburton’s men sit just behind them with eight points from four games.

The Glasgow rivals met last season in the Scottish Cup semi final, which saw Rangers win dramatically on penalties after an enthralling 2-2 draw.

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