Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has confirmed a fresh doubt over David Turnbull ahead of the Hoops’ Scottish Cup semi-final clash this coming weekend.
The lowdown: Not so perfect
As the Bhoys completed a 7-0 annihilation of St Johnstone at Parkhead to temporarily move nine points clear at the top of the Premiership, all appeared to be positive for Postecgolou.
However, soon after the match, it emerged that Greek striker Giorgos Giakoumakis had suffered a hamstring injury before being replaced in the first half.
Now it appears that Celtic have a fresh concern regarding another key player…
The latest: Turnbull a doubt
The 56-year-old stated: “Nothing concrete yet. Again, we’re still waiting on the final scans on it.
“Hopefully, it’s not too bad. He [Giakoumakis] feels like it’s not too bad. But until we get the information we won’t know.
“Similar with David Turnbull, he obviously got a pretty hard knock. It’s only a couple of days after so we’ll see how it all settles down.
“With both, I’m hoping it’s not too lengthy an absence.”
The verdict: Worth the risk?
So far this term, the 27-year-old Greek marksman has scored 13 times in 24 appearances, whilst Turnbull – who was hailed as a ‘class act’ by ex-Hoops boss Neil Lennon – has directly contributed to 17 goals in 37 outings across all competitions. Therefore, both are players who can make a discernible impact.
As Postecoglou prepares for what looks to be a crucial run-in on the quest for a domestic treble, it seems unlikely that the 56-year-old would take any unnecessary risk over two players of such importance.
Having won both Old Firm derbies since the turn of the year, the Hoops go into the semi-final encounter full of confidence, and with the returning Kyogo Furuhashi fit and available once again.
In the absence of Giakoumakis and Turnbull, the Japanese forward could be called upon to lead the line, whilst Tom Rogic, Callum McGregor and Reo Hatate are likely to make up the midfield trio.
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