Celtic have managed to turn things around a bit in recent weeks and climbed up from sixth to second in the Scottish Premiership table. And despite the draw against Livingston, there must be a bit of quiet confidence around the club at the moment. But then, there are some big worries as well.
The biggest worry, of course, will be injuries. Celtic do not have a deep squad right now and we have already seen this season how badly they can struggle if some of their important players get injured.
In recent games, two first-team regulars in Tom Rogic and Carl Starfelt have picked up injuries and one can only hope that these do not have the same impact as the ones to Kyogo and Callum McGregor did last month.
Otherwise, their form could go downhill once again. And it is clear that Ange Postecoglou recognises that. In some positive news, James McCarthy is back to fitness now and the Celtic manager has admitted that the team does not have a lot of depth in midfield, so his presence will be important. As reported by the Daily Record, he said:
“We brought James in because we wanted a strong squad.
“In the midfield area, we don’t have a lot of depth. He’s an important part of that so it will be good to get him involved again.
“Hopefully he gets back to the levels we know he can get to and I’m sure he’ll contribute.”
Celtic’s lack of depth in certain areas is a massive worry
Celtic have done very well this season when they have had most of their top players available. Unfortunately, that has not been the case for any extended length of time.
They have built up some good momentum over the past few weeks and are unbeaten in their previous six games, winning five and drawing one. But the recent injuries to Rogic and Starfelt will be a huge worry and it remains to be seen what effect it could have on Celtic’s rhythm and momentum.
We head into another international break after the next couple of games though, which could be a massive boost for Postecoglou’s side as it will give the injured players time to recover and hopefully return to the pitch after the break.
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