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Unwelcome setback for Celtic emerges – report

Celtic supporters have been in high spirits in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side record a 17th Scottish Premiership victory of the season in edging Hibernian 1-0 at Celtic Park on Saturday, thus maintaining their 11-point lead at the summit.

Brendan Rodgers’ men went into their clash with the Edinburgh-based outfit off the back of beating Partick Thistle 2-1 in midweek, and unbeaten in their previous six league matches. But the Bhoys were made to work to stretch that unbeaten streak as a Leigh Griffiths strike midway through the first half proved to be enough to get the better of Neil Lennon’s side, thus keeping Celtic’s 11-point lead at the top of the division intact with just 14 matches of the season remaining.

Subsequently, there have been many joyous Bhoys fans in the Tavern in recent times, although Saturday’s win over Hibs did come at a cost, as goalkeeper Craig Gordon was hauled off at half time due to a knee injury.

The 35-year-old has started all but one of Celtic’s 23 Scottish Premiership matches so far this term and has certainly proven his worth to Rodgers’ side with 12 clean sheets in that time, conceding just 16 goals in the process.

And having appeared in all six of their Champions League group stage games as well, the Scotland international is clearly an integral part of things at Parkhead, yet recent reports detail an unwelcome setback as Gordon looks set to miss their Europa League clash with Zenit St Petersburg in little over two weeks’ time, as a result of the injury sustained on Saturday.

And this is sure to come as a big blow to manager Rodgers, who may have to dip into the transfer window to bring in goalkeeping reinforcements ahead of a crucial period for the Scottish giants.

Landlord’s verdict: Celtic face a crucial Europa League last 32 clash with Zenit St Petersburg at Celtic Park in little over two weeks’ time, but goalkeeper Craig Gordon is a serious doubt for that match after injuring his knee in their win over Hibernian on Saturday.

The 35-year-old has missed just one of their 23 Scottish Premiership games this season and featured in all six of their Champions League matches to underline his status as Brendan Rodgers’ number one, but reports suggest that the former Liverpool boss will be without the Scotland international for a while.

And this is sure to come as a big blow to Rodgers and the club’s supporters, and looks set to force the 45-year-old into the market for a shot-stopper ahead of a crucial few weeks for the club.

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