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29th Dec, 2016 | 9:31am

Celtic boost as Rangers duo remain doubts for Old Firm showdown - report

By Will Butcher

Celtic have been handed a boost in their chances to secure a Hogmanay victory as two key Rangers players remain doubts for Saturday’s clash, according to a report.

Clint Hill, 38, joined Lee Wallace in worrying manager Mark Warburton as he was withdrawn with a hamstring complaint during the 1-1 draw against St. Johnstone on Wednesday.

Warburton told BBC Sport he is hopeful that both players will be available for the rival showdown, as the Gers look to prevent a third straight defeat to Brendan Rodgers’ side.

“It will be touch and go,” said manager Mark Warburton of Wallace. “Hill is a quick healer, so touch wood we can get him ready.

“I wouldn’t risk anyone. The health and welfare of the players is always paramount.”

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Captain Wallace missed Wednesday night’s clash against St. Johnstone with a similar muscle injury to Hill’s, and Warburton may have to name a makeshift defence against the Gers free-scoring rivals.

Centre-back Danny Wilson played out of position on the left side of defence in place of Wallace, but is likely to be replaced by Northern Ireland international Lee Hodson if he is unable to play.

That would mean James Tavernier would give up his recent midfield role to move back into right-back, while either Wilson or Philippe Senderos would come in at centre-back alongside Rob Kiernan.

Wednesday night’s draw against the Saints saw the Gers take the lead through young star Barrie McKay, before Kiernan’s horrendous back pass saw Steven MacLean round Wes Foderingham to net parity.

The draw will be a disappointing result for Warburton as the former Brentford boss would have liked to have gone into the Old Firm clash with a winning streak of five games.

In other Celtic news, Benfica midfielder on Rodgers radar as Hoops prepare to battle Euro duo.