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Celtic's Carl Starfelt back in training but will miss opening game

The defender made a return to training on Friday.

Celtic defender Carl Starfelt back in training but will miss Aberdeen visit SNS Group

Celtic will be without Carl Starfelt for their Premiership opener at home to Aberdeen on Sunday.

The Sweden defender is short of match fitness despite returning to training on Friday following his recent hamstring injury.

Midfielder Yosuke Ideguchi is the champions’ only other absentee as he faces a few weeks out with a leg gash.

Summer signings Benjamin Siegrist, Alexandro Bernabei, Moritz Jenz and Aaron Mooy are all in contention to be included in the squad for their first competitive match.

Aberdeen will have new signings Hayden Coulson and Callum Roberts in their squad.

Midfielder Connor Barron (knee) faces another three to four weeks out while left-back Jack MacKenzie (thigh) is due to resume training in the coming days.

On-loan Celtic defender Liam Scales cannot face his parent club.