Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final opponents and Glasgow rivals Rangers have been hit with a further injury blow as defender Filip Helander was this afternoon ruled out for the rest of the season through injury.
Ange Postecoglou’s side are gearing up for a return to Hampden Park this weekend, with a place in the Scottish Cup final up for grabs.
Sunday’s fixture won’t be the last time the two teams face off this season, with another meeting at Celtic Park set to take place at the beginning of May, which could be crucial in deciding where the league title may end up and when that might be.
As reported by the Scotsman, ahead of Sunday, the Ibrox side appears to have been delivered an injury blow with the news that Swedish defender Filip Helander will miss the rest of the season.
Helander has only played his part in one derby fixture this season, scoring the only goal of the game in the 1-0 defeat that the Hoops suffered at Ibrox way back in August.
Of course, since then, this Celtic side has gone on to become a completely different animal, recently defeating Rangers at Ibrox and turning round the deficit in points, which now sees Postecoglou’s side hold a six-point advantage.
It wouldn’t come as much of a surprise to hear some excuses come out before Sunday. But, when you look at how unlucky this Celtic side has been with injuries this campaign, there really is no room for any excuses on the other side of the city.
As has always been the case this season, Ange Postecoglou and his coaching staff will be keeping the player’s minds strictly on this up-and-coming game, which could see Celtic go just a few games away from securing another treble this season, ignoring any other outside noise.