As Celtic’s battle for places in their squad grows stronger, is Youssouf Mulumbu in danger of being frozen out?

The former Kilmarnock man signed for Celtic in the summer on a free transfer. On paper, it was a terrific piece of business by the club given his dominance of Premiership sides whilst at Kilmarnock.

Yet, Celtic fans have been robbed of truly seeing what the Congolese star is all about. Despite having some tremendous pedigree down south as well as with Killie, chances have been limited for him.

Youssouf Mulumbu’s appeared for Celtic in Europe (TF-Images/Getty Images)

So far, Mulumbu has made only three appearances for the Hoops. Two of those matches have come in Europe, and only twice has he started for the club.

To be fair to him, he’s done nothing wrong whilst he’s been at the club. His performances have shown some real bite, and he’s therefore been taken well by the supporters in general.

Unfortunately for Mulumbu, however, squad competition has all of a sudden become a lot stronger since he arrived.

The undroppable Ryan Christie

Ryan Christie’s heroic performances for Celtic have made him one of the first names on the team-sheet. He’s become the Stuart Armstrong replacement that the supporters were craving, and Brendan Rodgers won’t drop him anytime soon.

Added to that, the captain Scott Brown is back to full-fitness and looking for his place in the side back. £4million Frenchman Olivier Ntcham is also waiting to be given an opportunity by Rodgers to get his central role back.

Ryan Christie’s emergence has frozen out Mulumbu (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

So what makes Mulumbu the one likely to be in trouble here?

Simple. The Congolese man hasn’t been in any of the last eight Premiership starting XIs, and also hasn’t been in the match-day squad for four of them either.

At the moment, it’s difficult to see how desperate the situation needs to be for Mulumbu to get a call. If it was going to be anytime soon, then December would be the month for it.

Even now, however, there’s been no news on what’s going on with the former West Brom man and where he is in the pecking order. There’s been no news of an injury, and no reason to believe he couldn’t have started any of these recent matches.

If you look at Rodgers’ team selections, however, it would appear he’s nowhere near the side as it stands.

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