Celtic have been handed what can only be described as an unexpected advantage for next Saturday’s fixture at Celtic Park against Aberdeen.
The Dons will be without eight players for the game. The players, as reported on the Aberdeen website, will have to self-isolate for up to 1o and 14 days, ruling them out of the game.
It might be a new ball game in football at the moment without fans in the stadium. With all the protocols in place it is still a bit unexpected to see so many players ruled out of action due to non-footballing reasons.
Still, that is what is happening in football at the moment. Celtic will be out to take advantage of what will likely be a very weakened Aberdeen side.
Manager won’t take win for granted
However, Neil Lennon will not be taking the three points for granted. He will still have Celtic prepared for the game as normal. That might not be the case for Derek McInnes and Aberdeen. Still, that is his problem and not Celtic’s.
Of course, there are games before Celtic face Aberdeen. The Hoops take on Kilmarnock on Sunday and St Mirren on Wednesday. But it is no surprise that the Aberdeen game is already generating stories.
Hoops squad could cope with absences
Ironically, Celtic’s squad is so big that if eight players had to miss a few games you would still be confident of the Hoops winning the games that the players will miss. That is one of the advantages of having such a squad, for unexpected situations.
It will be interesting to see if the situation at Aberdeen repeats itself at other clubs this season. You would hope not, and hopefully others will learn from the mistakes that the Pittodrie side seem to have made.
However, next Saturday it will be up to Celtic to take advantage of the situation, and get the three points.