Celtic supporters have been pretty downbeat in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side lose for the second time in the Scottish Premiership this season courtesy of a 1-0 defeat at Kilmarnock on Saturday.
Brendan Rodgers’ men went into their clash at Rugby Park having lost just one of their 25 league games this term to open up an 11-point lead at the summit, thus continuing their dominance of football north of the border. However, the Bhoys were lacklustre on Saturday and deservedly beaten by Steve Clarke’s Killy, with Youssouf Mulumbu’s strike 20 minutes from time enough to secure a vital three points for Kilmarnock, and thus inflicting just a second domestic loss on Rodgers since he took charge of Celtic back in the summer of 2016.
Subsequently, there have been many despondent Bhoys fans in the Tavern in recent times, although their mood is likely to be improved by a recent report from The Scottish Sun, which suggests that midfielder Stuart Armstrong looks set to be available for next week’s Europa League clash with Zenit St Petersburg.
The 25-year-old made the move to Celtic Park back in 2015 and has since gone on to play 136 times for the Scottish giants, netting 27 goals and laying on 24 assists in the process to help them to three successive Scottish Premiership titles.
However, the Scotland international recently underwent a hernia operation and as such has missed their last four league games, including last weekend’s defeat at Kilmarnock, but reports detail a very welcome boost for Rodgers as Armstrong looks set to be fit for next Thursday’s crucial European clash with Roberto Mancini’s Zenit.
And with injuries plaguing the Celtic first team at present, this is sure to come as a huge boost to Rodgers ahead of a vital few weeks for the club.
Landlord’s verdict: Celtic have been decimated by injuries in recent weeks, with both Dedryck Boyata and Kris Ajer picking up knocks in their defeat at Kilmarnock on Saturday to add to their injury woes.
However, manager Brendan Rodgers may have received a very welcome boost as reports suggest that midfielder Stuart Armstrong looks set to be available for their Europa League clash with Zenit St Petersburg next week, despite missing their last four league games following a hernia operation.
And given their injury troubles, and how influential Armstrong has been for the Bhoys in the last few years, this is sure to come as a huge boost to the club ahead of a crucial few weeks in their season.
Celtic fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!