Celtic Ready for United CL Clash
CELTIC'S 2-0 win at Hearts on Sunday was spoiled somewhat when manager Gordon Strachan was verbally abused by a home fan after his post-match press conference.
Hearts have launched an investigation after the Celtic boss was targeted by a supporter who approached him from one of the ground's hospitality suites.
A Hearts spoke-sman said, "An investigation has already started and once the individual has been identified, appropriate action will be taken."
On the pitch goals from Shaun Maloney and Gary Caldwell secured all three points to send Celtic back to the top of the table.
Controversy arose when Hearts defender Marius Zaliukas was red-carded for a "last-man" foul on Scott McDonald, but Paul Hartley sent the resultant penalty wide as the Bhoys began to look towards Wednesday night's Champions League clash with Manchester United.
Strachan said, "It was a hard game until the two goals went in and it was good that the players put themselves in that position. After that we could come down a couple of gears.
"People have spouted that Manchester United played in second gear against us. They were only in second gear when they got to the stage where they had scored two goals against us and remember, those two goals were offside.
"Everyone in the United camp said that it wasn't easy for them, it was hard work. They couldn't find a way through and Artur Boruc didn't have a shot at him.
"Whatever happens, we won't have the same ability as them, you know that and I know that. They are the best team in the world, they are far better than Italy and France.
"That's the competition we are playing in. West Brom were there previous to us and lost 4-0, Hull have lost four, West Ham have lost two and it could have been any score and Roma lost seven.
"Whatever our failings, spirit, character and determination is not a problem, but we will need to be at our best and have a bit of luck against them."
Celtic, meanwhile, have vowed to hang onto Japanese midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura who is wanted by his former club Yokohama Marinos.
Celtic midfielder Scott Brown has been named the Scottish Premier League's Player of the Month for October.
STOKE midfielder Rory Delap is not expecting an Irish return despite playing his part in Saturday's win against Arsenal when he set up both goals with his trademark long throw.
The 32-year-old said, "It's been good for my kids, seeing my ugly mug in the papers. I'm not going to get any modeling contracts but you've got to enjoy it.
"I've been asked about Ireland a little bit recently but I don't think so. I'm getting on a bit now. Trapattoni has a young squad now and they're doing well at the
"There have been 'B' internationals and big training squads of 40-odd and I haven't had the call, but never say never."
GIOVANNI Trapattoni looks set to call Hamilton winger James McCarthy up to his squad for the Poland friendly later this month when a full cap will bring an end to interest in the player from Scotland where he was born . . .
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