All at Celtic Park will be on a high following the Hoops’ 2-1 win over Lazio in the Europa League on Thursday night. It clinched the Hoops place in the last 32 of the Europa League, and was also Celtic’s first ever win on Italian soil.
However, there is not much time for the club to enjoy the victory, as Celtic are back in league action on Sunday, when they take on Motherwell in what is an important fixture.
The good news may be continuing for Celtic though, as Neil Lennon has revealed that the injured trio of Leigh Griffiths, Tom Rogic and Mikey Johnston could return to face the Fir Park side.
Trio have a chance of featuring in game
“Griffiths could feature. Rogic we’re hoping will be back and Mikey has a small chance too” the Hoops boss said, as quoted by the club’s Twitter account.
Of the three potential returns, the one that will be most welcome will be Leigh Griffiths. He has been out of action since August, and Celtic currently only have one fit striker in the squad in Odsonne Edouard.
Return of striker would be a real bonus
Even if Griffiths comes on as a second-half substitute in will be a bonus for the Hoops, it will show that the player is fit again, and available for selection. It is probably too soon to start him in a game, but a 20 or 30 minute appearance would be a boost for the player and the club.
It will also be a bonus if Mikey Johnston returns to the first-team. He has not featured for the first-team in over two months. He was in good form at the start of the season, and hopefully this will continue when he makes his return to the side.
Judging by Lennon’s comments, Johnston’s role in the game could be a brief cameo. Tom Rogic recently played in the Betfred Cup tie against Hibs, but missed out against Lazio. His return would be handy as it could mean that Ryan Christie could be given a rest.