The injuries that Celtic duo Nir Bitton and Stephen Welsh suffered on Thursday aren’t thought to be too serious, The Scottish Sun have reported.
The Lowdown: Ferencvaros knocks
Ange Postecoglou’s side ran out 3-2 winners in the Europa League in Budapest, guaranteeing some sort of European football in the New Year. However, the Hoops, who are already without Christopher Jullien and Carl Starfelt, lost two more players who can feature at the back.
Bitton, who Neil Lennon hailed as a ‘good athlete’, went off with 12 minutes remaining, whereas Welsh described as ‘excellent’ by Celtic podcaster Paul John Dykes, followed him off in the final minutes.
It now seems as if the pair may well be fit for Sunday’s clash with Dundee, though.
The Latest: Hoping for the best…
On Saturday, The Scottish Sun’s Craig Mahood shared all the details for the Dens Park clash.
When it came to team news, he stated that Postecoglou was hopeful that Welsh’s injury wasn’t too serious, whereas Bitton’s reasoning for his substitution was down to cramp.
The Verdict: Bitton at the back?
Cameron Carter-Vickers has been an ever-present figure in green and white since signing, and he may well have to partner Bitton later today.
You’d expect that the 30-year-old, who has already played at the back on four occasions this season, will be ready to start if he was merely suffering from cramp on Thursday, but the Hoops may not want to risk Welsh.
He could be in line for a place on the bench if his injury isn’t serious as the club hope, and should they move Bitton into defence, that could open the door for James McCarthy, no stranger to injury issues himself, to come into midfield and feature from the off.
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