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Sport Major blow: Celtic double injury setback confirmed ahead of Bayer, Ange will be fuming - opinion

14:30  25 november  2021
14:30  25 november  2021 Source:   footballfancast.com

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  Celtic praise for James McCarthy and Callum McGregor 'massive' influence: Ange Postecoglou Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou praised the “massive” role Callum McGregor plays on and off the pitch after the club captain claimed the winner in the 2-1 victory over Aberdeen. © Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou (left) celebrates Jota's goal with his coaching staff during a Cinch... And the Australian suggested that, even without a first league goal of the season for the 28-year-old, his ceaseless industry and cajoling - “he is a man of action and words”, said the 56-year-old - would have made him the most crucial contributor for the home team across a testing afternoon.

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Celtic have been dealt a double injury blow ahead of their upcoming Europa League fixture.

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Speaking in his pre-match press conference (via Jo Hendry), Ange Postecoglou revealed that both Tom Rogic and Carl Starfelt are set to miss Thursday evening’s trip to Bayer Leverkusen, as the pair are yet to recover from their respective injuries.

Summarising the 56-year-old’s comments, Hendry said: “Rogic [is] close but [we] will probably leave [him] until [the] weekend. Starfelt [is] a few days behind that.”

Postecoglou will be fuming

Considering just how short of options Postecoglou is in both central midfield and at centre-back, the fact that neither Rogic nor Starfelt have recovered in time for Thursday evening is sure to have left the Bhoys boss fuming.

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  Lost possession 21x: £4.5m-rated Celtic passenger badly failed Ange vs Leverkusen - opinion Celtic midfielder David Turnbull failed Ange Postecoglou in their 3-2 loss at Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League on Thursday night.It means the Scottish giants crashed out of the competition with third place sealed in Group G and now they’ll have to compete in a play-off encounter in UEFA’s third-rate competition, the Europa Conference League, where they will face a group runner-up from that tournament.

Indeed, although it would appear as if 21-year-old Stephen Welsh does look set to be involved after being withdrawn in the League Cup semi-final last weekend with a facial injury, whether or not the defender is fit to start is another matter entirely.

If he is not, Starfelt’s continued absence means that Postecoglou will be left with the options of Cameron Carter-Vickers, Osaze Urhoghide and Liam Scales as starters in the heart of his defence, with the latter two of this trio having made just three appearances between them for Celtic so far this season.

Meanwhile, Rogic’s unavailability also means that the Hoops are once again lacking in attacking midfielders, with Postecoglou opting to field the more defensively-minded Nir Bitton alongside Callum McGregor and David Turnbull in recent weeks.

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  What the Celtic pundits said as Chris Sutton and Stan Petrov share the same worries after Bayer Leverkusen defeat Most pundits agreed Postecoglou's substitutions shot his side in the foot. But there wasn't much room for debate after Celtic 's heartbreaking defeat to Bayer Leverkusen with everyone from Chris Sutton to James McFadden sharing the same concerns.

As such, with Celtic in desperate need of a win at the BayArena if they are to have any hope of making it through to the knockout stages of the Europa League, the duo’s absence will undoubtedly come as a major blow to the 56-year-old manager, as his job on Thursday night has just been made that little bit more difficult.

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