Ange Postecoglou delivers early Celtic injury boost ahead of Ross County
Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has provided supporters with an early injury boost ahead of Sunday as he believes all of those involved against Rangers should be fit to play.
Hoops supporters were left concerned by a host of different moments in the game in which players look distressed or injured. Greg Taylor and Liel Abada both struggled before coming off whilst Daizen Maeda was surprisingly hooked late on. Cameron Carter-Vickers and Carl Starfelt, meanwhile, both looked to be having issues in the closing minutes.
Despite going out 2-1 to Rangers at Hampden, there’s something more important for Celtic at play here. With just 5 games remaining in the title race, Premiership success is almost within touching distance. The focus needs to be shifted.
And thankfully, Celtic appear to have no big injury concerns ahead of next weekend with Ange believing all of them will be fit and available.
As quoted by the Daily Record, the Hoops boss said: “Both sets of players were pretty spent, they gave everything so I’ll see what the wash-up is.
“I don’t think it’s going to keep anyone out at the moment.”
Celtic have a golden opportunity to refresh on Sunday
It’s always frustrating having a full week without a match after a derby defeat. Preferably, we would be playing either tonight or tomorrow and getting the result out of our system.
In truth, however, the players could probably do with the rest. Given how much they put into Sunday’s contest, they have a right to be feeling a touch leggy.
And Ange was spot on not to keep them on any longer and risk serious injury. The likes of Abada and Taylor, had they remained on the pitch, could’ve picked up some medium-term setbacks at best. Injuries that could’ve ruled them out of most if not all of our title run-in.
It was important that we kept our eyes on the main prize. Had key players missed out on the title run-in, then that could’ve created problems. Granted, even if one or two unforeseen selection setbacks occurs before Sunday, at least we know that the Celtic dressing room isn’t full of walking wounded.
Sunday’s game against Ross County in Dingwall can’t be emphasised enough in terms of importance. A victory here and the title gets that little bit closer.
That’s the only thing that should be consuming our thoughts at this stage.