Celtic have successfully restarted the Premier League season with skipper Callum McGregor ending his comeback with a goal.
Now Ange Postecoglou has more positive news about his team’s attacking ability: Livingston will move to Parkhead on Wednesday.
On the heels of McGregor’s return to form after being sidelined since October, Sead Huxbanovic has bounced back and is ready to play after missing the weekend.
The late win at Pittodrie didn’t hurt the team, the Hoops boss confirmed.
“Syd is back and everyone had a great weekend,” he said of November player Haksabanovic.
But Postecoglu added: “James McCarthy is still missing and Welshey [Stephen Wlesh] maybe in a couple of weeks.”
With the Hoops World Cup trio of Cameron Carter-Vickers, Aaron Mui and Daizen Maeda returning safe and sound from Qatar, Postekoglu faces a positive selection dilemma as he tried to make 11 players for each game from a growing pool of players. .
The in-demand Josip Juranovic has a few more days off after his heroism with Croatia, but the boss is looking forward to seeing him next week.
He said: “Josip hasn’t returned yet – he had a great World Cup and was great, and it does him credit, now he has this memory forever.
“He represented our football club very well, like all the boys at the World Cup.
“He’s got some free time now – a week – and then he’ll be back in training early next week, ready to go.”
Djuranovich will miss out, as will new players Alistair Johnston and Yuki Kobayashi in addition to the club’s injured duo.
Here’s SunSport’s quick guide to the injuries and accessibility issues still going on at Hoops.
Postekoglou said his captain was “good and ready to play” against Aberdeen and he kept his manager’s word.
McGregor scored for the late winner, earning three points on his return to the team from a knee injury during a 3–1 Champions League defeat to RB Leipzg in Germany.
He hasn’t had any side effects since being fired and could play against Livingston again.
The Croatian star had an outstanding World Cup but missed his country’s third/fourth play-off win against Morocco with a calf injury.
Postecoglou is looking forward to full-back practice next week, but the day off means he will miss Livingston and St Johnstone.
“Anyway, we’re going to give him a week off, like we did with all of our guys after their engagements.”
The Scot was injured at the club’s training camp in Portugal and missed the game against the Dons.
The injury will also rule him out against the West Lothian team and, according to his boss, “probably for a couple of weeks.”
Of course, the boss has plenty of alternatives with Carter-Vickers, Karl Starfelt, and Moritz Jentz who can play from behind instead.
McCarthy has an ongoing hamstring problem that he suffered before the World Championship break.
Postecoglou confirmed the veteran Irish midfielder is “still out of the game” in his latest injury report.
The Hoops have confirmed contracts for Yuki Kobayashi and Alistair Johnston, but they won’t be able to compete until January.
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