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By ESPN Staff
Feb 14, 2009

Strachan shrugs off concerns over Boruc

Celtic manager Gordon Strachan has no fears about Artur Boruc's state of mind going into Sunday's Old Firm derby at Parkhead.

The controversial goalkeeper is still under the spotlight despite Strachan declaring he had dealt with the Poland international's training-ground spat with Aiden McGeady, which occurred more than a week ago.

Boruc was reportedly fined by the Parkhead club for an incident during their pre-season tour of Holland and was also banned for two games by his national team for breaking a late-night curfew in Kiev after a friendly against Ukraine.

Despite a number of high-profile errors between the sticks this season, including a poor performance against Rangers in the 4-2 defeat at Parkhead in August, Boruc has returned to the international fold.

Yet, after Wednesday night's 1-0 win over Wales in the Algarve, Poland assistant coach Jan de Zeeuw was reported in one newspaper as saying the pressure on the keeper made it "difficult for him''.

Strachan has struggled to draw a line under the incident involving Boruc and McGeady but, ahead of the game against Rangers, the Celtic boss said: "I don't think there should be any problems whatsoever.

"It's done, the incident is finished and we get on with it.

"It's the only way I can deal with it.

"I haven't seen (what the Poland coach said) but I'm not interested. I deal with what I see and I get on with it.''

Asked if Boruc will play in the derby clash, Strachan replied: "You will find out on Sunday.''

Victory for Celtic will stretch their lead over Rangers at the top of the Premier League to five points.

Midfielder Paul Hartley, who brushed aside a question about the unity within the Parkhead dressing room by saying "the spirit is there'', insists nothing will be decided tomorrow.

He said: "This one will not have any bearing on whoever wins the title, not with the amount of games that are left for both teams.

"You only have to look at last season, when we were seven points off the pace with seven games to go but we went on to take the title.

"It is possible this time that it will be the games against other teams that will win the title for either of us.

"If you look at the points that we have dropped against other teams, as have Rangers, then you can see that the rest of the SPL is playing much better against us both.''

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