Ange Postecoglou issues Celtic injury update ahead of Ross County
Ahead of the game against Ross County, Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has issued injury updates on James Forrest and Mikey Johnston.
And in both cases, it’s not necessarily good news. As reported yesterday, there were concerns about Forrest’s fitness after the Motherwell game. He’s been ruled out of the Ross County meeting.
Mikey Johnston, meanwhile, is a doubt, according to the manager [Celtic FC].
Johnston, according to Postecoglou, wasn’t entirely right after the Motherwell game, which Celtic won 1-0 through Tom Rogic. In a season where injuries have been a significant concern, and with so many in the forward areas, tomorrow is looking increasingly tough.
Ross County have an almost clean bill of health, save for a first-teamer. Iacovitti will miss the game in Dingwall, having scored against the Bhoys last November.
With Celtic really lacking both strikers and wingers, the calls Ange Postecoglou has to make will be fascinating.
Liel Abada and Adam Montgomery will almost certainly feature against Malky Mackay’s side, while youth players like Owen Moffat and Joey Dawson could again be made available.
Celtic’s walking wounded facing big test tomorrow night
Given the consistency Celtic have shown despite near-constant injury problems this season, there’s still plenty of room to believe the Bhoys can and will win tomorrow night. They’ll have to dig very deep though, and rely on the likes of Rogic and Turnbull for creative impetus.
Ange explored something like a striker-less system against Motherwell, employing David Turnbull up front for early phases. In fairness, it worked, and Celtic were unlucky not to have scored more than once. The Hoops still dominated possession and took 26 shots against Motherwell [Fotmob].
The winter break really can’t come soon enough. With the sheer amount of football Celtic have played, an injury build-up was inevitable. But what’s happening now still probably exceeds any fan’s expectations.
Yet, Celtic still find the ways to win. The spirit cultivated in this squad has been terrific. It’s that, and moments of magic from midfield, that the Hoops will need to espouse in the Highlands tomorrow night.