AIK STOCKHOLM have been dealt a major blow ahead of their Europa League clash with Celtic with star striker Tarik Elyounoussi suspended for the first leg.

The Scottish champions face a tricky tie against the Swedes in the play-off round next week.

But AIK's task will be made more difficult after 55-times Norwegian international Elyounoussi was ruled out of the tie after collecting a booking in their win against Sheriff Tiraspol.

Elyounoussi said: "It's a massive disappointment to me because I would have loved to have played at Celtic Park.

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"It's a real punishment, but there's nothing I can do about it now. In future I will have to calm down my temper a little."

Former Hoffenheim star Elyounoussi has netted 17 goals in 36 starts for AIK since he joined them last year from Qarabag.