Callum McGregor’s omission from the Celtic squad to face Motherwell certainly took supporters by surprise.
The Hoops midfielder had played a starring role in Valencia, and had made 54 appearances for club and country this season heading into Sunday’s match. His inclusion in the squad, therefore, seemed like a given.
Yet, when Celtic announced their official team line-up, McGregor was nowhere to be seen. It certainly concerned supporters, who were straight on social media to question the omission.
Brendan Rodgers, however, has moved to clear up the situation. Speaking on BBC Sportsound via the Daily Record, Rodgers acknowledged it and stated McGregor had picked up a knock in Spain.
“He’s picked up an injury from the midweek. We would’ve taken him off but we were down to 10 men and he didn’t feel it too bad.
“But then the last few days its stiffened up so we’ll see what the result of the X-ray is on that.”
Symbolic of McGregor’s performance levels
The incredible part to all of this is the reveal that McGregor actually picked up an injury in Valencia.
Anybody watching the match wouldn’t have been able to tell. McGregor was energetic, full of running and always looking to make an influence at the Mestalla. The fact he managed to pick up an injury and still look capable is testament to him.
But it does once again throw up a massive concern. Over the next week, Celtic’s season could truly be defined. A trip to Tynecastle on Wednesday night in the Premiership is followed by a visit to Easter Road on Saturday in Scottish Cup action.
Those are two matches where you want a player of McGregor’s ilk available. A player who’ll defend at one end and have you motoring up the other looking for an opening.
With the energy Hearts and Hibs are going to provide over the next five days, Celtic could seriously do with McGregor in there.
Just like Christie, the results of McGregor’s scan have still to be revealed. All fans can do in the meantime is pray it’s nothing too serious.