Celtic managed to secure a momentous win at Ibrox on Sunday while missing several first-team players.
Without key personnel, and any supporters inside the ground, the team defied the odds to secure a huge victory and move four points clear of our rivals in the Premiership standings.
It was the perfect way to head in to the first international break of the season. We can now look forward to Celtic returning and being in better health.
But just who wasn’t around for Ibrox for whatever reason? And when can we expect to see them play again?
Cameron Carter-Vickers and Reo Hatate are probably the first players that spring to mind. They have been two of our most important stars over the past two years, with Carter-Vickers offering the defensive solidity and Hatate the dazzling creation.
Both were last seen on August 13 during our 3-1 win over Aberdeen. Carter-Vickers was later ruled out for “around two months” alongside fellow central-defender Maik Nawrocki. That update arrived on August 24 so they will probably miss our Champions League clashes against Feyenoord and Lazio.
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Hatate, meanwhile, is expected to return to training during this international break, meaning he could be back for our clash in Rotterdam.
In terms of the new signings, Luis Palma made the bench at Ibrox so he will probably feature in our next game against Dundee.
Rodgers explained after Sunday’s win that it was never the intention for Nat Phillips or Paulo Bernardo to feature in the squad for the derby. Phillips will be ready to go after the break while Celtic will assess Bernardo following his involvement with Portugal’s under-21s.
Mikey Johnston and Yuki Kobayashi returned to training last week while Marco Tilio — yet to make his Hoops debut — is expected back in the coming weeks.
Unfortunately, we may not see Stephen Welsh until November or December after he damaged ligaments in his ankle.
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