Celtic suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat against RB Leipzig on Germany on Thursday evening in a fixture which served to underline their shortcomings in Europe, but they have no time to feel sorry for themselves with a Betfred Cup semi-final fixture against Hearts looming on Sunday.
Indeed, Brendan Rodgers’ side were outclassed in their midweek Europa League clash and their chances of progressing to the knockout stages look slim in light of the result.
Not only did the result represent a disappointing blow for the Hoops, but they also collected a couple of fresh injury concerns ahead of their clash with Hearts.
Jozo Simunovic and Cristian Gamboa were both added to a growing injury list for Celtic to deal with, whilst Scott Brown and Dedryck Boyata will both miss out through suspension.
Journalist Barry Anderson confirmed the news via his Twitter account on Friday.
Celtic without Scott Brown (calf) and Dedryck Boyata (suspended) for the Betfred Cup semi-final with Hearts. Also injuries to Griffiths (calf), Rogic (knee), Simunovic (ankle), Ajer (hamstring), Benkovic (Achilles), Gamboa (hamstring) and Bitton (knee).#Celtic #HMFC
— Barry Anderson (@BarryAnderson_) October 26, 2018
In response to reports, plenty of Hearts supporters turned out on Twitter to deliver their verdict on the update, and they were eager to emphasise that they are also missing key players ahead of the weekend.
Despite Celtic’s extensive list of absentees, the Hearts supporters are guarding against complacency ahead of what still promises to be an incredibly difficult encounter for the club.
Here’s what the fans have had to say in response to Celtic’s injury update…
— JamboSmithy (@allandssmith) October 26, 2018
Don't forget Barry that Hearts have lost 3 of our main players too.
— JamboHendo (@ianhen66) October 26, 2018
Getting the excuses in early
— Robert Smith (@pop1874) October 26, 2018
What Rogic and Benkovic are definitely out? Massive boost if true.
— Jamie Mitchell (@JBOYK5) October 26, 2018
Just when they're going to be at their most dangerous.
— james porter (@jambocanary) October 26, 2018
Rogic missing is the big one for me
— Alan Hovie Brown (@HovieAlan) October 26, 2018
At the end of the day, still a team not to take lightly.
— Heartsfc_88 (@BrianO002) October 26, 2018
Time to put a wee bet on hearts for the final
— UnionJackJackson (@RangersHeart) October 26, 2018