Celtic’s injury crisis is worsening ahead of a hugely important week for the club. The team can’t afford more setbacks before their next two games against RB Leipzig and Hearts.
Captain Scott Brown, Leigh Griffiths and Tom Rogic didn’t even make the trip to Germany. There is also a doubts surrounding the availability of Filip Benkovic and Youssouf Mulumbu.
Celtic’s injury crisis could not have come at a worse time with them facing four games in nine days that could define their season.
For many Celtic fans, Europe is the platform where our seasons are judged. In recent times however, domestic trebles have masked some poor performances in Europe.
This season is different, there is much more of a challenge at home. On Sunday, Hearts will provide the biggest challenge in three years to Celtic’s domestic dominance.
Brendan Rodgers must prioritise the Hearts game over tonight’s Europa League game in Germany. We will have home games against Salzburg and Leipzig to put away defeats right.
Giving youth a chance
Celtic’s injury crisis means that some of the younger players may get a chance to impress tonight. Lewis Morgan has made a quietly impressive start to his Celtic career, mostly from the subs bench.
Mikey Johnston has made a handful of starts already this season and the tricky winger could be in line for another.
Brendan Rodgers needs Rogic, Benkovic and Mulumbu fit for Sunday. The former provides Celtic with their cutting edge and the later two provide the steel.
Hearts will make it a tough physical game in Edinburgh and with Scott Brown out for at least three weeks, Celtic need Mulumbu to provide cover in the engine room.
No one wants to see Celtic endure another drubbing in Europe. There has been too many of them in Rodgers’ time as manager.
Domestic double trebles have left us all spoiled with success as Celtic supporters in the last two years. However a treble treble would be the sweetest yet.
Ideally Celtic will win both games this week. However, If there’s ever a time for Celtic to prioritise one game over another, it’s this week.