Ange provides Celtic injury update on Taylor and Kyogo after Thursday battle

By John McGinley

August 28, 2021

Ange Postecoglou isn’t facing any major injury headaches heading into tomorrow’s match between Celtic and Rangers, he’s said in his latest update.

The Bhoys battled through a Europa League war on Thursday night with Greg Taylor forced off through injury and Kyogo Furuhashi visibly limping at one point.

It was a real physical contest and it easily could have given Postecoglou some selection problems for the trip to Ibrox in the Scottish Premiership.

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However, it’s looking good.

Speaking to reporters in his pre-derby press conference, the Bhoys boss explained [Celtic TV]: “Out of [Thursday] night, obviously Greg Taylor has got his shoulder problem. It looks like it is nothing too significant so there is still a chance for Sunday.

“Kyogo got his usual bruises and knocks. He is getting tested out physically every game, I think people are figuring out that he is one of the ones they need to stop and try to find, shall I say, creative ways to do that. But he usually bounces back pretty well so I am hopeful he will be fine.”

The manager also confirmed that both James Forrest and James McCarthy are pushing to be included in Sunday’s squad, with one of them likely to make it.

He should have an almost fully fit squad to choose from and, going into an international break, he won’t be holding back.

That’s in stark contrast to Rangers, whose Covid-19 issues have created uncertainty about who will be named in the Sunday team, as well as who will be on the touchline.

Of course, the match won’t be easy regardless of what Rangers team we face. The personnel they had on the pitch on Thursday night was still quite strong.

However, it is great to hear we are fighting fit for our biggest game of the season so far.

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