Celtic have managed to get away with Scotland’s Euro 2020 double-header without another scratch.
As many as five of the Celtic first-team were off with Alex McLeish’s men. The ill-fated double-header against Kazakhstan and San Marino didn’t exactly go according to plan. A 3-0 hammering by the former wasn’t put right with a 2-0 win over the latter.
Scotland only have three points on the board in their qualification campaign, despite six being almost a necessity. It was a failure in every sense of the word.
Whilst none of the Celtic boys can hold their heads up after it, they are mostly fit without any injury knocks.
Oliver Burke, James Forrest, Callum McGregor, Scott Bain, and Kieran Tierney all went away with McLeish’s men. Only Tierney suffered a knock and didn’t feature in any of the two matches over the last few days. He dropped out after the Kazakhstan match.
Whether this was a precautionary move remains to be seen. Tierney is only just back from a knock that ruled him out of action for three months. It would be ideal if he was fit for the Rangers clash on Sunday, but it’s still up in the air.
The lengthy journeys to both Kazakhstan and San Marino would’ve worried Neil Lennon with regards to all of his Scotland boys. Bain, McGregor, Forrest, and Burke, however, all appear to be in good shape after the internationals.
None of the quarter particularly stood out over the double-header, but they’ll likely all play a part against Rangers. Therefore, simply avoiding another knock would’ve been the main focus for Lennon.
Outside of Scotland, Celtic do still have their concerns. Dedryck Boyata and Mikael Lustig are both doubts for Sunday alongside Tierney. Tom Rogic, meanwhile, didn’t feature in last Friday’s bounce game against Morton.
So there remains plenty to ponder for Lennon ahead of Sunday. But one thing he can at least breathe a sigh of relief at is the fitness of Celtic’s Scottish representatives. One knock out of five, given the conditions of both matches, isn’t overly-damaging.