When the 13 Celtic players will end their international duties

By David Walton

June 13, 2022

All 13 Celtic first-team players on international duty are set to end their time with their respective nations this week.

So far, it’s felt as though many of the Celtic stars have barely had a break after securing the Premiership last season. World Cup playoff and Nations League matches have been filling up the schedule over the past fortnight as many of Ange Postecoglou’s heroes got back on the international horse.

Thankfully, however, it’s all about to come to an end as we look to avoid as few injury issues as possible.

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Firstly, Giorgos Giakoumakis has already completed his international schedule with Greece after featuring in all 4 of their Nations League matches. Carl Starfelt, meanwhile, had his time with Sweden cut short due to injury last week whilst Stephen Welsh’s Scotland under-21 matches are also already over.

As for tonight, we will see a couple of Celtic stars end their international commitments for the summer too. Liel Abada is set to feature for Israel in Iceland whilst Josip Juranovic could start for Croatia in France. After those respective matches, they’ll break up with their national teams.

Tomorrow morning will be the turn of Kyogo Furuhashi and Daizen Maeda to end Japan duty after their Kirin Cup final vs Tunisia. Matt O’Riley will follow in the evening after Denmark under-21s host Turkey. Callum McGregor, David Turnbull, Greg Taylor, and Anthony Ralston, meanwhile, will face Armenia with Scotland to end their international schedule.

And finally, Cameron Carter-Vickers’ USA travels to El Salvador on Wednesday early-morning UK time. That clash will wrap up Celtic’s international schedule.

Celtic looking for no more injury concerns over the next few days

So come Wednesday afternoon, all of our first-team stars on international duty will have wrapped up their commitments and will be looking ahead to their respective Celtic returns.

Whilst it’s undoubtedly been ideal for supporters to have some games to watch over the off-season, it’s also important that the players are given enough of a break to get themselves ready for a gruelling summer.

So far, it’s almost been a flawless break with only Starfelt’s injury being a concern. A week without adding to that would have to be viewed as a decent return. So long of course as Carl is able to return to action before the Premiership season begins at the end of July.

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Celtic are due to head to Austria for a pre-season training camp at the beginning of next month. There, they’ll friendly opposition before facing Banik Ostrava and Legia Warsaw respectively. They’ll then return home and take on Norwich City and Blackburn at Celtic Park, meaning there will be plenty of opportunities to go round for minutes.

But having no more injury concerns heading into pre-season has to be the main goal over the next few days. Plenty of players will be returning back to Lennoxtown after what they’ve achieved over the summer. The last thing we need is any unforeseen setbacks.

That’s why Ange will be keeping a close tab on all of these fixtures before he gets back to working with the players at the end of the month.

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