Long-term Sparta Prague absentee David Hancko travels to Glasgow for Celtic tie

By John Reid

November 4, 2020

Sparta Prague may be decimated with injuries and Covid-19 at the moment, which is why they have gambled on the fitness of one their most important players.

David Hancko, the on-loan Fiorentina centre-back has not played this season with a knee injury, but he has travelled to Glasgow with the rest of the Prague squad.

This news was disclosed by the Sparta Prague English Twitter account.

Sparta don’t have their troubles to seek, as reported by the Herald they have seven first-team players out of the game.

Understandable why player made trip

That might well be why that decided to select Hancko for the trip. Last season he played 25 times for Sparta, so you can understand why they want him to play.

However, it is not always the best idea to bring a player cold into a team if they have been out of action for a while. You just need to look at when Celtic brought Mo Elyounoussi back into the team last season after a month out.

He suffered another foot injury, and was out of action for another three months. However, that is the gamble that Sparta seem to be willing to take.

Sparta may have nothing to lose

It does seem like Sparta have nothing to lose. They haven’t played any domestic football for a month, and now they have injuries and Covid-19 affecting the squad. That could allow them to play with freedom at Celtic Park. Or it could mean that the Hoops hammer them. Hopefully the latter.

David Hancko has travelled to Scotland (Photo by PressFocus/MB Media/Getty Images)

It does seem all set up for Celtic to win the game fairly comfortably. However, that is where the Hoops have fallen down in the past. Games where you would expect the team win comfortably have ended up being real struggles.

Thankfully the return of the likes of Odsonne Edouard, Nir Bitton and Ryan Christie has made a difference recently, and should do so again versus Sparta Prague.

In other news, Mo Elyounoussi has put last season’s injury woes behind him.