Celtic's form deserves massive credit given their injury crisis

By David Walton

February 4, 2019

Celtic’s injury crisis has been well-documented, but it’s important that the club get the appropriate credit for their recent form.

Since returning from the winter break, Celtic have had to see off Airdrieonians, St Mirren, Hamilton, and St Johnstone (x2). As well as that, the Hoops face Hibernian, St Johnstone, Valencia (x2), Kilmarnock, Motherwell, and Hearts soon. Those matches will occur in the space of just over a three-week period.

Brendan Rodgers has managed to shoot his side even further ahead of the pack than they were during winter. They’re now six points clear of Rangers and nine away from Kilmarnock.

Added to that, Celtic have done all of this without even conceding a goal and having bagged 14. It’s time to start admitting they’re in sensational form, regardless of the opposition.

Celtic are in terrific goal-scoring form (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But, what needs to be taken into consideration is the circumstances in which they’ve done this. After a demoralising defeat to Rangers that shook the club, everyone was furious.

Mainly, however, Celtic have done it without so many key players. As many as 14 players could be missing for Wednesday’s visit of Hibernian. They are Kieran Tierney, Dedryck Boyata, Anthony Ralston, Filip Benkovic, Eboue Kouassi, Olivier Ntcham, Tom Rogic, Daniel Arzani, Leigh Griffiths, Vakoun Issouf Bayo, Mikael Lustig, Ryan Christie, James Forrest, and Kristoffer Ajer.

That’s a full team plus a few subs in there to boot.

Picking up the pieces

Ajer was red carded vs St Johnstone, whilst Forrest and Lustig went off injured. Christie also felt sore ribs after the match.

Even through all of these injuries, however, the Hoops are still well clear at the top. They deserve tremendous credit for how strongly they’re staring adversity in the face.

Brendan Rodgers has a ton of injuries against him here (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

What nobody seems to want to discuss is how Celtic have absolutely everything against them here. Still, however, Rodgers continues to select teams that are winning games and continuing a feel-good factor around the club.

Since returning from the winter break, Rodgers is doing fantastic work. His troops are likely to be tested more in the coming weeks with the difficulty of the fixture list increasing as well as the quantity of injuries.

But, regardless, Rodgers deserves a strong pat on the back for what’s been a stunning return to form.