Celtic stars Dedryck Boyata and James Forrest could be rushed back to the first team.

The Belgian has been out since the new year while the Scot went off at the weekend against St Johnstone.

This news is welcome amidst an injury crisis affecting a lot of the Hoops’ big hitters.

Boyata back in training, could he play tonight?

Assistant Manager Chris Davies gave an update on the Celtic crocks progress on the fitness table.

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Celtic Assistant Manager Chris Davies gives verdict on Celtic crocks’ future. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The Englishman isn’t ruling out the defender playing against Hibernian in tonight’s tough tie.

Davies told the Celtic website: “We can put out a team that’s going to be a good team of quality players, and we’ll be able to cope, no problem. Nir Bitton can play centre-half, we’ve got Jack Hendry, we’ve got Dedryck training today.

Dedryck Boyata may return to first team tonight against Hibernian. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“We have to look at everything, look at our options, look at what system we want to play. We’ll have to asses it over the next 24 hours, and then decide on what team we want to play on Wednesday.”

Celtic have a host of players to pick from but Boyata is the first-choice centre-back, bettering his chances of playing.

 

Forrest out for a shorter period

The Scotland international is having a problem with a hamstring injury that forced him off at McDiarmid Park.

The Scottish Sun say as Forrest didn’t continue playing on his niggling hamstring, he has saved himself from an extended time out. The report states that a scan showed that the 27-year-old’s injury isn’t as bad as first feared, and he isn’t ruled out of the Valencia game next week.

James Forrest’s scan showing better news for The Bhoys. (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

This is excellent news as the Hoops are in the midst of a massive run of important games domestically and in Europe.

Forrest is potentially Celtic’s Player of the Season, contributing and scoring goals at a high level.

It’ll be tough, but if both players can return in time for next week’s Europa League tie against Valencia then it’ll be a boost.

However, the Hoops have a big squad littered with quality and can cope with anything thrown at it.

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