Ross County boss Stuart Kettlewell has revealed his horror crock list as he revealed that he has “eight or nine” stars injured ahead of this Sunday’s game at Celtic Park.
County will travel to Glasgow for the Betfred Cup last-16 clash at Parkhead. Celtic have a huge game to come beforehand against Sparta Prague, but Kettlewell’s side will have the full week to prepare for the game.
And it appears he’ll need it. Staggies centre-back Tom Grivosti has been ruled out for the next eight weeks after scoring in Saturday’s 3-1 loss at Rugby Park vs Kilmarnock (Evening Express).
But as it turns out, he’s hardly the only injury worry Kettlewell has. The County boss has outlined the full picture of County’s injury woes ahead of their cup match in Glasgow, and it’s fair to say that they look to be in a desperate situation.
As quoted by the Evening Express, Kettlewell said: “We are probably sitting with eight or nine guys that are injured. We pick up three more at the weekend on top of five or six who were missing on Saturday.
“One is definitely out and the other two are touch and go. Tom Grivosti is definitely out, we are looking at a tear of his hamstring, so that looks as if it could be maybe six to eight weeks, which I am gutted about.
“The other two were heavy knocks. Jordan Tillson came off and Regan Charles-Cook was limping pretty badly after the game, and still is.”
Celtic can’t be complacent against anyone
If Celtic had a positive mood surrounding the club at the moment, we would be able to puff our chests out and speak about the confidence we have in our side and explain why County have no chance on Sunday.
However, let’s be honest, we’re not in a position to be over-confident against anyone. Not after we got a doing off of Sparta Prague’s B team a few weeks ago to throw into the bargain.
We should be over-running any XI that County put out this weekend, but this Celtic side has to earn our trust back. They’ve very quickly destroyed it after what’s been a disastrous last five-six weeks for the club.
It wouldn’t matter if Kettlewell came out and said that he was missing 15-16 players or that their entire senior squad was out and they would instead have to play the reserves/under-21s. You still simply cannot guarantee that this Celtic side will perform against anyone, such is the mess we’re in.
So we won’t look at this as anything other than extremely unfortunate for County. Even so, they’ll still likely put out a competitive side, and one that isn’t too dissimilar to the team that faced Kilmarnock on Saturday.
For now, however, attentions for Celtic remain on Thursday night’s clash in Prague.