Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic welcome Hibernian to Celtic Park in the league on Wednesday evening, but they will face the Edinburgh side without a number of key players.
The Bhoys have having their squad tested to the full at the minute, as a whole host of injuries threatens to hamper them at a key part of the campaign.
Celtic welcome Hibernian holding a six point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership, but with the amount of stars on the sidelines through injury, they will know that the gap could easily be closed over the upcoming games.
Five men could miss the clash for the Bhoys through injury. James Forrest, Dedryck Boyata, Mikael Lustig, Odsonne Edouard and Olivier Ntcham are all expected to be on the missing list, or have to face a fitness test in order to be given the go ahead, while Leigh Griffiths remains on compassionate leave.
Celtic assistant manager Chris Davies provided an update on the quintet, and assessed their chances of being involved against the Edinburgh outfit ahead of the contest.
“KT was training on his own today, and he is building his rehab steadily. Ntcham trained, Boyata trained. Dedryck is probably closer than Olivier, because Olivier has been out for longer, but we’ll see how they react with the training. That’s their first time back training with the group.” The Bhoys official website quote him as saying.
“Odsonne Edouard had a bad knock yesterday, and we’ll see how he feels. He’s taken a sore one, but he’ll be doubtful for Hibernian. We’ll see how Mikael Lustig is – he’s got an Achilles issue. He’ll probably be a doubt, but we’ll see how he does.”
“James Forrest is having a scan on his hamstring,”
“It’s nothing we hope is too severe, and he felt it after the goal on Sunday. He did the right thing identifying it. He could have played on and potentially made it worse, but he didn’t. He could be out for a period of time, but hopefully not too long.”
Celtic will be down to the bare bones against Hibernian, but if they can pick up the victory it would make a serious statement of intent, and signal to their title rivals that they are not giving up their crown without a fight.