The week ahead will define Celtic's season as treble hopes are on the line
Celtic are on the verge of a trio of fixtures which will make or break their season.
The Hoops are in action on Wednesday night against Hibernian in league duty.
Followed by a Scottish Cup tie against St Johnstone on Sunday.
The third of the trilogy is the Europa League first leg tie against Valencia next Thursday.
Ordinarily Celtic would be confident of getting results in all three of those games, even a La Liga side like Valencia.
But such is the Hoops’ injury list that Brendan Rodgers is being forced to take one game at a time.
Indeed, Celtic assistant boss Chris Davies recent revealed on the club’s official Twitter account that an entire team of players is out injured.
🗣️CD: "It’s as stretched as it’s been. We’ve got a good team of injuries and suspensions – 4-4-2, we could fit them all in. It’s rare to have so many injuries, but we do have a strength in depth in this squad."
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) February 4, 2019
Some key players are on the injured list, such as James Forrest, Odsonne Edouard and the centre-back pairing of Filip Benkovic and Dedryck Boyata.
Naturally those players will all return to action hopefully sooner rather than later.
But it is unlikely all will return in time for the Valencia game.
In all honesty, the Hoops should put the Europa League tie bottom of the list of their priorities.
The chances of the club winning the Europa League seem slim compared to retaining the league title and winning the Scottish Cup.
Perhaps if the injury list clears by then, the Hoops can have a proper go at Valencia.
But for now, domestic success should be top of the agenda.