Hibernian blows; will be missing 3 new players vs Celtic
Hibernian will be missing as many as three of their new signings brought to the club by manager Shaun Maloney against Celtic on Monday night.
The former Celtic attacker is already stamping his authority on the Hibs squad since joining as club boss last month, bringing players such as Harry Clarke, Ewan Henderson and Elias Melkersen into the fold.
However, Monday will be a no-go for three new players at Easter Road.
For starters, Henderson is unable to play against the Bhoys because he is technically on loan until the summer. Meanwhile, work permit issues are holding up Melkersen’s debut.
Former Orlando City winger Chris Mueller, who spoke favourably about Celtic yesterday, is also unlikely to be up to speed in time for the fixture.
Maloney told the Edinburgh Evening News: “The new arrivals are all at different stages. With Elias, we are still working on the work permit. Ewan can’t play because of his loan agreement.
“Chris is not at the beginning of the process to come back but he’s probably not as far ahead as others because he’s not played for a period of time. But everyone else is good to go.”
With key players such as Ryan Porteous and Paul McGinn also suspended for the encounter, Maloney has his work cut out putting together a competitive eleven.
However, it sounds like he isn’t going to change his forward-thinking approach just because he’s travelling to Glasgow. In fact, much like we witnessed from Celtic in the Europa League this season, it’s not about opposition or venue for Maloney.
The Easter Road boss told his club’s official website: “I’m really looking forward to it, it’s an amazing challenge for the team. Really it’s just the third game for us since I’ve come in, but we want to try and implement and put our style of play on the game. I’m really looking forward to seeing how our team does.
“It’s a huge challenge, but a challenge that we have to prepare for and try and win.”
Speaking selfishly, that could end up suiting Celtic. We have struggled most against defensive teams this season, rather than those having a go.
Hopefully, the space is there for Ange Postecoglou’s Bhoys to exploit and pick up a vital three points.