The one thing that this Celtic squad has been lauded for this season is our strength in depth.
A far cry from last season, the squad Ange has built has been nothing short of remarkable. And for a long time, a theory has been floated that the most important thing about the squad is that the quality of player coming off the bench doesn’t weaken the starting team.
The recent injuries to Jota, Reo Hatate and Liel Abada have tested that theory to the max this weekend and after our 1-1 draw with Motherwell, it is clear that there is one slot in the Celtic team that is up for grabs next weekend. The right wing.
Sead Haksabanovic has shown plenty of times this season coming off the bench that he has quality about him.
In 22 games this season in the league he has been in the starting eleven seven times. Now clearly that is down to the form of Jota and Maeda but out of those starts he has had, he is yet to complete a full 90 minutes.
Of the two most recent games he has started, against Hearts in the Scottish Cup and yesterday against Motherwell, he has failed to make any kind of impact in the game that suggests that he is an able replacement for either Jota or Abada.
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And the frustrating thing is that coming off the bench, Haksabanovic is very impressive.
Which leaves the question. Should Jota or Abada be unavailable for next Sunday, do we stick with Haksabanovic and hope he shines? Or do we try something different?
It’s too much to ask young Rocco Vata to start in a game of such magnitude but he will be an option for us coming off the bench should we need it.
There is no doubt there is a player in Haksabanovic. We have seen it.
Let’s hope Ange can drag that player out in time for next Sunday because if we still have these injury doubts, we are going to need him.