You could call it a shrewd move by Celtic after they confirmed their selection of training ground images to showcase to their supporters on Twitter today.
Indeed, the Hoops provided their customary training ground update the day before a massive European game. However, it does appear they’ve been reading the concerns of the supporters when you look at the images they selected.
With so much criticism of the backline, Celtic’s tweet contained an image of the highly-popular Hatem Elhamed and Nir Bitton training alongside each other at Parkhead.
In addition to that, they ensured that Odsonne Edouard was also front and centre in one as he seemed to exchange a joke with right-back Jeremie Frimpong.
All three men haven’t played for the club for several weeks, and their respective returns couldn’t come quickly enough for a support that is itching to see the trio back in action.
Given the lack of depth at centre-back in particular, there’s a real urge to see both Bitton and Elhamed back playing regularly. They’ll add both strength and composure to a defence that is badly needing a morale-boost from somewhere.
Edouard’s return doesn’t really need an explanation as to why that would be provide us with a boost. Celtic know that, and that’s most likely why they chose the images they published today.
The training ground tweets have naturally always been designed to lift spirits and excitement ahead of big games.
And it’s most certainly worked on many supporters this time around, with plenty of them delighted to see some of our bigger and more reliable names back in amongst the first team ahead of a big few weeks for the club.
Here’s a look at some of their reaction to the tweet as the club successfully helped lift some of the doom and gloom of recent days:
Bitton, Elhamed, Edouard all back in the side. Show us you’ve got what it takes Celtic! https://t.co/AiLWT0shn8
— Jay Quinn (@J4yQuinn) October 28, 2020
A big boost to see Odsonne Edouard, Nir Bitton and Hatem Elhamed back training 🍀 https://t.co/mCiFZdp0dp
— Declan McConville (@drmc67) October 28, 2020
I don’t expect a win, but first game back after the rangers defeat with a full squad.
Forrest is still missing and Julien!
— Saif Rafiq (@srafiq1717) October 28, 2020
Never thought I'd ever say that I'm so glad Bitton is fit again. https://t.co/oEA3K82pwg
— Púca (@ghosty1879) October 28, 2020
Good to see Elhamed, Bitton and Edouard back training. Need the 3 of them fit and firing asap because they'd be pretty handy right now https://t.co/0boalX0uXY
— Paul Mcginley (@PaulMcG1994) October 28, 2020
Elhamed, Biton and French Eddie all back training…. things starting to look better already. https://t.co/e8Qu6qxrPV
— D Kent (@DKato79) October 28, 2020
— JC🍀 (@JCARMICHAEL67) October 28, 2020
Bitton. Elhamed. French Eddie. What a sight to behold!
SURELY now the gaffer has come out swinging we can start showing a bit of fight on the park. https://t.co/PPV0PPO10x
— Dooblay (@Dooblay2) October 28, 2020
Bitton, Elhamed and Eddy all look as if they'll at least make the bench tomorrow night, which is a big plus. https://t.co/KKWNKZxdC0
— Marc McArdle (@marcmcardle1) October 28, 2020