Carter-Vickers season over, Johnston injury, Abada update; latest from Ange after Celtic win
As Celtic march into yet another cup final after their 1-0 win over Rangers this afternoon, Ange Postecoglou has delivered an update on the fitness of Cameron Carter-Vickers, Liel Abada and Alistair Johnston.
All the build-up leading to the Scottish Cup semi-final was about whether Celtic trio Reo Hatate, Jota and Abada would be fit enough to play in the tie.
As it was, Jota and Hatate made the cut. Whilst the fans celebrated that news, there was confusion as to why Liel Abada not only didn’t make the team, but the match day squad.
Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou was asked about the return of Jota and Hatate prior to kick off and it seems that there is nothing too sinister going on with the little Israeli.
Speaking pre-match on Viaplay, Ange said, “They are our creative forces in there so it’s great to have them back in training and ready to go. Unfortunately Liel Abada pulled up sore yesterday and we had to leave him out.”
Thankfully, Abada wasn’t required as it was the return of Jota that made the difference between the two sides with his 42nd-minute headed goal.
Post-match, the Celtic manager was also asked about the status of Alistair Johnston who limped off after a 50/50 challenge with Borna Barisic.
Ange said: “He got a sore one for him to come off. He was waving the crutches about at the end so he seemed alright afterwards. You know what it’s like, they feel no pain afterwards. We’ll have a look at it. But that’s the beauty of our squad. Tony Ralston comes in, he hasn’t played for I don’t know how long and he did a fantastic job for us.”
And on our brave American international defender, Postecoglou continued: “That’s Cameron Carter-Vickers’ last game of the year. He’s been carrying an injury for I don’t know how long. We’ll put him out the pasture for a little bit now and get what he needs to get done.”
The Bhoys now march forward into the final on June 3rd where Inverness Caley Thistle will look to stop Celtic claim a world record eighth treble.