Latest injury news ahead of Celtic clash

Hibs have been handed some good news ahead of Saturday's clash with Celtic at Easter Road.

Long term injury victim Paul Cairney comes in to contention for the visit of the Glasgow side.

Tricky midfielder Cairney has been out since the start of the season, after picking up an ankle injury before the Hibees ill-fated Europa League double header with Swedish side Malmo.

The former Partick Thistle player having played the last three U20 games for the club.

Also coming back in to the frame for the Celtic game is young attacker Danny Handling.

Handling, 20, has been out for six weeks, also with an ankle injury, and has also played the last couple of U20's matches, scoring in the last game, a 2-3 loss to ICT.

Captain James McPake has been eased back in to first team duties in the last few weeks, appearing on the bench, and is now also seemingly back to full fitness.

Having been handed some good news, the Hibees have also been handed a blow, with exciting youngster Sam Stanton having picked up a hip injury during the week, and he will miss the visit of the Champions.

On the other injured players, Alex Harris underwent surgery on his broken ankle this week, and it will still be some time before the winger is fit.

There doesn't seem to be an end to Tim Clancy's groin injury. The Irish defender has now been out for close to 6 months, and recently aggravated the injury playing for the U20 side.

The former Motherwell and Killie man had an operation in the summer in an attempt to cure the problem, but as yet, there is no sign as to when he will come back.

Jordon Forster is also still on the injury table.

The classy young defender, who signed a new deal with the club during the summer, has been out for a while, with reports surfacing before the 2-0 home win over St Mirren in September that he was suffering from a dead leg.