Celtic will relish international break despite form

By Connor Gordon

November 15, 2018

Although on top form, Celtic will be welcoming the international break.

Since the last break, Celtic went on to win five consecutive league games and drew the recent game against Livingston.

Digging deeper into the team and its injury troubles, Brendan Rodgers will be relieved.

Mass of Celtic players to return

Celtic’s injury list is growing and growing with Kristoffer Ajer and Craig Gordon the latest casualties.

The time away from club football will allow much needed recovery time.

Scott Brown is still a couple of weeks away and Emilio Izaguirre is recovering from an ankle injury.

Captain Scott Brown is set for return after international break. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Olivier Ntcham will also return after the break having missed the France under-21 squad.

The midfielder was suffering with a tight hamstring in the League Cup semi against Hearts.

Missing striker Leigh Griffiths could also return from his lengthy absence to challenge Odsonne Edouard up front.

The break also gives ample time for Gordon to recover from his knock, having ruled himself out of Scotland duty.

Craig Gordon will not play for Scotland against Albania and Israel due to injury. (Photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Hopefully Ajer won’t be out for too long recovering from an eye socket injury.

Finally, Rodgers will have a mass of players at his disposal which was his weakness at Livingston.

Back to winning ways

Celtic can also get back to winning ways after the break when they face Hamilton away.

The Accies are relegation fodder and will be a good team for players returning to fitness.

Brendan Rodgers will try to change his team to suit New Douglas Park. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rodgers can try different players and formations to find the right blend.

That said, the manager may be more cautious with the plastic New Douglas Park pitch.

Although Celtic went on the five game winning run, the last game was a frustrating draw.

Celtic’s depth was to blame for the result as Rodgers couldn’t call upon substitutes who could change the game.

Now, when Celtic face Hamilton on 24th November, Rodgers will be spoiled for choice.

In the end, the one man wishing for the end of the international break more than anyone is the physio.