Hibernian confirm 6 first-team squad players will miss tonight's Celtic game

By David Walton

October 27, 2021

Hibernian have hours ago confirmed that as many as 6 of their first-team squad players will miss tonight’s clash against Celtic at Easter Road.

Ange Postecoglou has had his own injury problems over the month of September in particular. However, it looks as though Jack Ross is facing a mini-crisis of his own when it comes to his first-team options.

Previewing the game on their official website, Hibs have confirmed that experienced centre-back Darren McGregor is suspended for tonight’s game. This comes after a late red card picked up at Pittodrie on Saturday.

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However, he’ll also be joined in the stands by the likes of Melker Hallberg, Christian Doidge, Kyle Magennis, Daniel MacKay, and Sean Mackie. All 5 of them are carrying injuries.

It’s also noted by Hibs that Ross is having to keep tabs on a couple of knocks picked up from Saturday’s Aberdeen defeat. Therefore, come kickoff if things don’t go to plan, there could be even more crocked.

Celtic have no fresh injury concerns heading into the game with everyone getting through the 2-0 win over St Johnstone at the weekend with ease.

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Hibernian certainly don’t have their troubles to seek. It would be interesting to know just how big a role their own injury list has played in their recent form. After all, all names mentioned above get regular minutes when match-fit.

Even so, you do look at the Leith side and see the dangers they still pose. They may have been toothless against Dundee United and Aberdeen respectively, but they tend to turn it on against the Bhoys.

The first thing you take notice of with Hibs is their pace down the wide areas. With Martin Boyle on the right and Jamie Murphy on the left, they have plenty of energy there. Not to mention the normally prolific Kevin Nisbet, who will be looking to catch the eye this evening.

Hibs have had plenty of joy against us in the engine room over the past 7 years. John McGinn was key to that in the early years. More recently, Alex Gogic has shown himself to be a menacing presence that needs controlled. But having Hallberg out takes away much of the composure of their midfield.

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As for our backline, not having Doidge to content with will come as a slight relief. When Nisbet and his strike-partner have been paired in the past, they’ve proven to be a proper handful. You would fancy Carl Starfelt and Cameron Carter-Vickers to have enough to deal with the singular threat the Hibs forward poses.

It’ll be a tough game. We aren’t getting away from that. Hibs have still been picking up successful results even without some of the names mentioned above. They’ll feel they have a squad capable of going toe-to-toe with us in a one-off game. Ryan Porteous coming back from suspension will only add to their confidence levels.

But this is a game Celtic really should be winning tonight. Let’s see if we can live up to the hype.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou states Celtic hero Tom Rogic has “something different”