Celtic haven’t had much luck with injuries this season and the latest to join the walking wounded is Emilio Izaguirre.
The left-back was stretchered off during the 2-0 win over Hibernian on Wednesday night.
Thankfully, Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers revealed that the injury isn’t as bad as it looked.
He told the Daily Record: “It was a clumsy challenge on Izaguirre. The medical team tell me they think he’s got away with it, little bit sore but should be fine in a few days.”
That must make Izaguirre a doubt for the upcoming Scottish Cup tie against St Johnstone.
With Kieran Tierney still out, the Hoops will need to turn to another left-back, but that shouldn’t be Callum McGregor.
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McGregor playing out of position at left-back just doesn’t work at all. This was shown most recently in the 1-0 loss to Rangers. He is far more effective driving the Hoops on from midfield, where he has been pivotal in Celtic’s run of six wins in a row.
If the Hoops need to play a make-shift left-back for one game then Jonny Hayes is a much more realistic option.
He has played in that position before, and did well in the 4-3 win over Aberdeen on Boxing Day.
With the domestic treble on the line there is no need for the Hoops to take unnecessary risks in their team selection.
Put McGregor in the middle of the park where he is at his best and Hayes can fill in at left-back.