Brilliant summer work is now being felt at Celtic; four players declared fit for Motherwell

By Hamish Carton

September 30, 2022

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has today given a much-needed injury update, ahead of tomorrow’s game against Motherwell.

The last fortnight has been filled with chat about numerous Celtic players missing crucial upcoming games, although today’s report was more positive, with Celtic missing just three players for this weekend.

‘Carl Starfelt is still out,’ Postecoglou revealed at the start of today’s press conference. ‘He’ll probably still be a couple of weeks.

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‘Cameron Carter-Vickers will miss out again tomorrow. He’s a little bit more advanced so we’ll see how he is after the weekend.

‘Giakoumakis is the only one who came back from international duty with a bit of a niggle. Again, he won’t play tomorrow but I’m confident he should be right after that.’

So three big absentees for tomorrow, but good news that Liel Abada, David Turnbull, Sead Haksabanovic and Daizen Maeda are all ready to go against the Steelmen.

There had been real injury worries about all four on international duty over the past fortnight.

Postecoglou expects more ‘niggles’ over this intense period before the World Cup.

‘We understand with our schedule over the next month and a half that we’re going to get some niggles,’ he said.

‘Some guys are going to be sore here and there. That’s why we’ve got the squad we have to be able to cope with that.’

Celtic’s boss has built an extremely deep squad over the past three transfer windows.

Yet the work done this summer in particular looks brilliant.

Had Celtic been without both Starfelt and Carter-Vickers at any stage last season, then Stephen Welsh may have been the only fit centre-back on our books.

Now we have Moritz Jenz ready to fill in tomorrow with the likes of Haksabanovic, Oliver Abildgaard and Aaron Mooy also ready to make an impression.

Expect to see the Celtic squad utilised over the next seven weeks. Everyone will have a part to play.