Celtic defender Cameron Carter-Vickers could be set for a surprise return to the squad for the Champions League clash against Lazio.

The centre-back has not played since suffering a hamstring injury against Aberdeen on August 13.

And now Parkhead boss Brendan Rodgers has provided a promising update on the USA international's fitness.

He said: “Cam, we wouldn’t take a risk unless he was fit. He has come through really, really well. He is further down the road than we thought.

“He has had a real good week of training and he’s been doing lots of other work out on the field before that.

“I said before that it (his return) might have been after the international break but he’s made great progress, so we will just assess that to see if he can be in for the squad tomorrow and if he is, then obviously it would be great news for us.”

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Rodgers also detailed the importance of home advantage in the fixture against the Serie A giants.

Maurizio Sarri's side have had a tough start to the season, currently sitting 16th in the Italian league.

And Rodgers hopes the fans inside Parkhead can will the team to victory.

"It is such a special feeling and it was part of coming back," he continued. "You have the chance here at Celtic to qualify for European football and this is the biggest stage you can get at club football in Europe.

"We got off to, in terms of a result, not a great start in the first game but I saw many aspects I was pleased with.

"To come here [Parkhead] and play this game is always special and it is about getting that emotion from the support that rolls down from the stand onto the pitch.

"For us, from the first whistle, we go straight into fifth gear and look to give everything to the game and perform and we know at this level, teams like ourselves have to be at 100 per cent.

"To be at 98 per cent, at this level, you will come unstuck so we have to give everything and we will do in terms of spirit and it is where this team is at and what they are developing and the mental strength in this team is growing all the time.

"With new players coming, they are starting to understand that. In our last league game, we showed that we have a real competitive spirit and no matter what time in the game it is, we will keep going."