• Hooper ruled out of Barça clash due to hamstring injury
• Englishman had been tipped for call from Roy Hodgson
The Celtic striker Gary Hooper is facing the double blow of sitting out Barcelona's visit to Glasgow on Wednesday night and missing out on an England call-up due to injury.
Hooper, who has a hamstring problem, was set to join his club-mate Fraser Forster in the England squad for next Wednesday's friendly against Sweden in Stockholm. The Football Association is understood to have contacted Celtic about Hooper's fitness but were handed a bleak prognosis by the Scottish champions' medical team.
"I would say he'll not play," Neil Lennon said of Hooper's chances of playing against Barcelona. "He's very, very doubtful."
The England manager, Roy Hodgson, was reportedly due to attend the match with Barcelona but the suggestions on Tuesday were that he will instead head for Chelsea against Shakhtar Donetsk. Hodgson will name his party for Sweden on Thursday.
Lennon's hopes of upsetting Barça have been undermined by fitness worries over Hooper and others. The Celtic manager has already ruled out Emilio Izaguirre, Lassad Nouioui and James Forrest while Georgios Samaras is a doubt.
Barcelona required a stoppage-time goal to defeat Wednesday night's opponents in the Camp Nou a fortnight ago, after which Celtic were roundly praised for their performance. "Barcelona might think: 'We really have to turn it on and put this team in their place,'" Lennon said. "It could also be great motivation for us that it's still fresh in the players' minds and still raw with them, that they put so much into the game and got nothing from it and they could go one better this time.
"I said at the start that I wanted to qualify so from that point of view my ambitions haven't changed. It would be great if we could get something out of the game and if not then maybe we will need to get something from Benfica, or even win that one.
"We didn't bargain on anything from Barcelona – the performance in the Camp Nou was a bonus for us and we will have to play as well if not better in this match. The environment at Parkhead could be dangerous for us with the crowd and we have to temper the expectations."
Indeed, in the week Celtic are celebrating 125 years since the club's inception Lennon offered a nod to history by saying a victory would rank among their best ever in Europe.
"If you look at our team then it didn't cost a lot of money compared to Martin O'Neill's and Gordon Strachan's Celtic teams," Lennon said. "And this Barcelona side has gravitated to another level since we last played them in 2007-08 [in the Champions League first knockout stage]. Their performances over the last five years have been at a different level to everyone else."
Barcelona are in the midst of their best start to a domestic campaign in their own, 113-year history. Victory in Glasgow would also guarantee Champions League progression with two group games to play.
"This is probably our most important game for is left of this year," said their manager, Tito Vilanova. "If we win, it will then allow us to rest some players and use the youth team in the other games."
Vilanova could recall Gerard Piqué, who has returned from injury, but Adriano will miss out because of a torn hamstring.
Celtic probable Forster; Matthews, Wilson, Ambrose, Mulgrew; Brown, Kayal, Ledley, Wanyama, Commons; Samaras.
Barcelona probable Valdés; Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Alba; Xavi, Song, Iniesta; Pedro, Messi, Villa.
Referee B Kuipers (Ned).