Ange Postecoglou provides four-player Celtic injury update

By David Walton

July 15, 2021

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has provided supporters with an update on the status of four of his players who were hit with knocks last night.

It was a physical encounter for the Hoops as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Bristol City in our third pre-season match. However, unfortunately the main talking point revolved around injuries to key players.

Vasilis Barkas didn’t even start the match due to an injury in the warm-up. Mikey Johnston and Karamoko Dembele, meanwhile, had to come off with knocks. Even Albian Ajeti hobbled off in the second half too as we came out of our trip down south with several big concerns.

Postecoglou had some positive news regarding the status of Ajeti. However, when it comes to the other Celtic trio, things appear to be up in the air.

As quoted by the National, Postecoglou said: “It’s just something we have to deal with. Barkas dislocated his finger in the warm-up. I don’t think it’s anything serious. Mikey and Dembele, we will just have to see how they recover and what sort of diagnosis there is in the next 24 hours.

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“I’m not a doctor. I will leave that to the experts. It’s disappointing for him [Johnston] because he looked really good in the last game and he started this game really brightly. He obviously felt something but hopefully it’s nothing too serious. It’s too early to tell. We’ll get a report tomorrow.

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“I think he’s fine [Ajeti]. I think a few of the boys will be sore. It’s been a pretty solid camp. They’ve worked really hard and today’s game was fairly physical. I don’t think there is an issue there.”

Ange Postecoglou struck with his first big Celtic challenge as injury issues mount up

So the Celtic boss has been struck with his first real Celtic challenge. The team have come out smelling of roses in the first two pre-season matches, but now there are major concerns.

Celtic’s lack of depth has seriously been shown up for what it is. All of our injuries last night came in different positions. Yet it still feels that, despite only one injury affecting several areas, that we’re still short on quality.

It can’t be the case come the end of the transfer window that one injury to a position leaves us panicking. That highlights our issues more than anything else.

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Now, because we’ve picked up a few injuries, we go into next week’s UCL qualifier vs Midtjylland all over the place. Goodness knows who’ll start on the left if Johnston is out. Same goes for the right flank should Dembele and James Forrest miss the game.

Celtic have major problems. It’ll be absolutely intriguing to find out how the manager navigates them. But he’s working with one arm tied behind his back at the moment. You can’t help but feel for Postecoglou given the unfairness of it all.

But all we can do is keep our fingers crossed and hope that our crocked players return in time for next week.

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