Scott Brown is reportedly set to overcome the toe injury that forced him to be a doubt for the Scottish Cup final.
According to the Daily Record, Brown is expected to overcome the knock. This comes after some concerns as he missed out the 2-1 home win over Hearts on Sunday at Parkhead. Nobody at Celtic has come out and confirmed whether Brown will make the squad or not, but it’s looking good at this stage.
The Celtic captain has played in every single Scottish Cup match so far. He’s now on 50 appearances for Celtic this season, and has been a key cog in the run to a potential treble treble.
Brown was strutting around Parkhead last Sunday during the title celebrations. There didn’t appear to be too much wrong with him at face value. Hopefully, therefore, we can see the Celtic captain lead the team out at Hampden. Celtic will undoubtedly be doing all they can to make that happen.
There aren’t any other further updates on the other injury doubts, however. The Record has reported that Kieran Tierney, Mikael Lustig, James Forrest, and Odsonne Edouard are all still looking to prove their fitness. All four of them would be likely to start if it.
Selection concerns for Lennon
Three of the four potential injury doubts are key, key players for Celtic. Replacing them with anyone else in the squad is a downgrade. Celtic’s options are fairly limited in several of those areas too.
For Tierney, you would imagine that Jonny Hayes is the first reserve. Mikael Lustig, meanwhile, would likely lose his place to the unimpressive Jeremy Toljan. You would then fancy Mikey Johnston and Oliver Burke to get the nod if both Forrest and Edouard missed out. Burke, however, is also going to be assessed before the cup final for a potential knee injury (Daily Record).
But, if nothing else, at least Celtic could have Brown back. Olivier Ntcham put in a fine display against Hearts at Parkhead, but this game on Saturday will need battlers. Nobody in the squad has the qualities of one such as Brown.
Let’s just hope the injury news continues to be positive in the run up to the game. Hearts have had all three of their own doubts training this week (Edinburgh Evening News). Therefore, we could do with a few more boosts of our own come kick-off.