There’s always a dilemma when the internationals come around. Yes it’s nice to see players get a call up to their respective countries national set up, in recognition of their club form, but for us fans, and no doubt our manager, it’s a worrying time.
As much as we’d like to see the Bhoys do well and hopefully win the games they take part in, pf course it’s great for their confidence, the most important thing as far as Celtic are concerned is players returning to Glasgow without any injuries.
We’ve seen in the past, players coming back from international duty with a niggle here and a niggle there, and the next thing you know we’ve lost key members of the team for weeks on end.
In this particular break we’ve seen what only turned out to be scare with Sweden’s Mikael Lustig, he appears to be fit enough for tonight’s match against Luxembourg, and the withdrawal from Bosnia’s squad of Jozo Simunovic, although the latter appears to be injured beforehand.
With five Celts, Craig Gordon, Leigh Griffiths, Kieran Tierney, James Forrest and Callum McGregor on duty for Scotland, Tom Rogic away with Australia, Dedryck Boyata, Belguim, Jonny Hayes, Republic of Ireland, Cristian Gamboa, Costa Rica, Nir Bitton Israel and seven Bhoys, including Moussa and Olivier with France, away on under 21duty, we’re all in for a squeaky bum time until the games are over and the lads get back to Lennoxtown.
We’ve a lot of important games coming up…
*hopefully Scott Brown and Stuart Armstrong will make a full recovery following their rest period.