Celtic are going through a shock injury crisis at the moment with a host of stars out.
Big hitters such as Odsonne Edouard, Filip Benkovic and Dedryck Boyata will be on the fitness table.
So many top players are out that some fans are noticing one glaring probability – the injured Celtic outfielders would win the Scottish Premiership.
Lustig Boyata Benkovic Tierney
Forrest N’tcham Arzani Rogic
This team could win the league and this is our injury list 😲 even with Ralston in goals 😂😂
— 606AlfieConn (@606AlfieConn) February 3, 2019
Celtic’s injuries could win the league with lustig in goals
— M1heavey (@m1heavey) February 3, 2019
Defenders are biggest loss in injury scare
Mikael Lustig went off at half time against St Johnstone with new Bhoy Jeremy Toljan coming on to replace him.
It’s unknown when the right-back will return but he’d be on the right of the injured side.
The centre-half partnership of Boyata and Benkovic has been solidified this season but both are out.
The Croatian will return in around five weeks while the Belgian will be a little quicker.
Perhaps the biggest loss is left-back Kieran Tierney, who is also out for an extended period with Emilio Izaguirre deputising.
Celtic midfielders come to the fore
On the right, James Forrest left the Hoops to play with 10 men having needed to come off with all subs made yesterday.
His return is also questionable but as arguable Player of the Year, Forrest will be a massive miss.
In the centre, Olivier Ntcham is nearing a return following his spell out and as the manager fancies the Frenchman for the big games, he is a loss for the Northern Irishman.
Finally, the Australian pair of Tom Rogic and Daniel Arzani would be the flair players of the injured side.
Fans know all about Rogic and less so the on-loan Manchester City man, who has only had a half of football this season.
Rogic is out for six weeks as he will go under the knife while Arzani is out for the season.
Last season’s Hoops front two are facing time out
Leigh Griffiths is not playing football for the foreseeable as he is battling personal issues.
The one-time top scorer was out of sorts for the past couple of seasons, playing catch-up to Moussa Dembele and Edouard.
Lastly, Edouard was stretchered off yesterday at McDiarmid park with super-sub Timothy Weah coming on and sealing the game.
It’s too early to know the extent of the Frenchman’s problem, but would no doubt be leading the injured line.
The games are coming thick and fast for the Hoops and the massive Valencia match beckons.
Let’s hope Craig Gordon or Scott Bain don’t get seriously hurt to make it a complete 11-man first team.
Rodgers will hope he has as many players as possible to pick from, but there are just too many crocks to say he will have his strongest team available.