Celtic Face Huge Injury Concerns Ahead Of Old Firm Derby With Rangers Next Weekend
Neil Lennon could have a selection headache ahead of Celtic's Old Firm derby clash with Rangers next Sunday, as the Bhoys could be without a some key players for their home clash against Steven Gerrard's 'Gers.
Lennon could be without some key defensive performers with Mikael Lustig, Kieran Tierney and Dedryck Boyata all potentially absent from the Scottish Premiership clash, and that could leave the door open for Rangers to do a sparkling double over their Glasgow rivals, as the blue side of the city won their home fixture 1-0 earlier in the season.
A disappointing run of form, which has seen Rangers amass three draws from their last five matches, has seen them just fall behind Celtic at the top of the table, and the Bhoys head into the Glasgow derby with a ten-point lead, but if Lennon is unable to call on Lustig, Tierney and Boyata then it will give the visiting Rangers a huge boost.
Lustig was forced to leave the pitch during Sweden's European Championship qualifier with Romania after 24 minutes, while Tierney failed to take his place in the Scottish starting line-up in a match they lost 3-0 to Kazakhstan. After the Celtic pair left their respective international squads, they were quickly followed by Boyata, who left Belgium's national qualifiers due to personal reasons, so he could be the third name missing from Sunday's monster clash.
Lennon will have to hope that he is able to call on some of his key players for the Rangers test, otherwise, he will need to field some alternative names in defence at Celtic Park on Saturday, and that will give Rangers' boss Gerrard a huge boost.
A first-half Ryan Jack goal helped Rangers pick up all three points when the sides met at Ibrox at the end of December, but Celtic have since managed to claw their way comfortably clear at the top of the table, and it looks like the trophy will be heading the way of the green and white hoops.
However, Celtic fans will not enjoy the thought of losing two league games on the bounce to their rivals Rangers in the league, and especially on home soil they will be warm favourites to pick up the three points, but should Lennon's injury worries remain on the eve of the game then Rangers could use it as an ideal chance to shock the reigning champions.
Rangers have scored 66 goals (one less than Celtic in the league) this season, and they will fancy their chances of unlocking a potential makeshift Celtic defence, and this contest could have an ideal recipe for a modern day classic when the game kicks off at Midday on Sunday afternoon.
OUT: Kieran Tierney. After being assessed today, Kieran will return to Scotland and will miss out on Sunday's game against San Marino.