Eagle-eyed observers may have noticed two particular absentees from Celtic’s training video yesterday.
The Hoops published some footage of first-team training at Lennoxtown. This came as the players not picked for international duty prepared for the upcoming Scottish Cup clash with Falkirk on Saturday night.
Therefore, there were plenty of expected absentees. The likes of Callum McGregor, Ryan Christie, Greg Taylor, Kris Ajer, and Moi Elyounoussi are all plying their trade with their respective national sides. Nir Bitton, meanwhile, is out injured after picking up a knock with Israel before returning home.
However, as they continue to struggle for minutes, both Albian Ajeti and Patryk Klimala were missing from the clip. Neither man was selected for their international teams.
Ajeti would’ve been looking to have been called up for Switzerland’s triple-header, but was snubbed. Equally, Klimala’s Poland under-21 side had friendlies against Saudi Arabia and Austria. He wasn’t selected after struggling for game-time this season.
Injury knocks or just a coincidence? Celtic’s training video normally strives to show the positives
Albian in particular has had his problems this season with injuries and fitness levels. Interim boss John Kennedy even bumped him out of the squad to face Rangers two weeks ago. He stated this wasn’t injury-related [Glasgow Times].
Therefore, not seeing him take part in the cardio work or the bounce games is surprising. You would’ve thought getting his head down in training and impressing Kennedy would’ve been the only option for him.
Celtic’s training videos tend to highlight the positives. Note the close-ups of the likes of James Forrest and Mikey Johnston throughout the video. Two players coming back from injury. Youngsters such as Adam Montgomery are also prominent in the video too given the fans’ love in seeing youngsters breaking through.
If Celtic could’ve shown Ajeti netting or Klimala, they would’ve done. But they didn’t appear to be taking part for whatever reason.
Klimala, meanwhile, has been given one start by Kennedy and nothing since. He was selected to face Aberdeen then didn’t bag a single minute against Dundee United and Rangers.
It’ll be interesting to hear if there are any injury developments in this regard when Kennedy takes up his pre-match presser duties. As for now? Here’s hoping it’s just a coincidence they weren’t filmed.