Celtic injury update ahead of Rangers final as Ange delivers post-match Mooy and Turnbull assessment

By John McGinley

February 18, 2023

Midfielders Aaron Mooy and David Turnbull are expected to rejoin Celtic training early next week and be fit in time for the Scottish League Cup final against Rangers.

Turnbull picked up a knock against St Mirren in last week’s Scottish Cup win, while Mooy pulled up with an issue after training at Lennoxtown on Friday.

Both missed today’s thumping win over Aberdeen and after the match, Postecoglou provided an update.

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Celtic in strong shape for Rangers final

The Bhoys boss said [Irish News]: “Aaron just pulled up a bit sore in training. I thought, he has played a lot for us recently, and I was pretty keen to give [Tomoki] Iwata some game time as well.

“I just thought it was a good one for Aaron to sit out and, talking to the medical team, both him and Turnbull should be training Tuesday and Wednesday when we are in and should be right for the final.”

Meanwhile, Kyogo Furuhashi has shaken off a shoulder concern to return to fitness – even appearing off the bench for 20 minutes this afternoon.

Postecoglou continued: “I just thought before the game it was good chance to get Oh some minutes. Kyogo has been outstanding in recent times and it was going to be hard for us to find a game for Oh with the fact we are only playing a game a week at the moment.

“I didn’t want to go too long without giving Oh a start and I thought this was a good opportunity to do that. But Kyogo is fine, he is raring to go and looking forward to next week now.”

So, there are no major problems ahead of the final. Postecoglou will have the best squad in Scotland to choose from, almost at full strength.

It’s a match to look forward to.

In other news, No-one busier: Greg Taylor’s impressive stats as Celtic thrash Aberdeen.