Before a ball is kicked in this season’s league campaign, reigning champions have already been ravaged by injuries that’s left Brendan Rodgers without four key players, two central defenders and two strikers.
Dedryck Boyata was the first casualty hobbling off with a knee injury during the clubs preseason match against Slavia Prague, an injury that will keep him out of action for at least three months.
Next to go was Moussa Dembele after he suffered a setback in training, ruling him out of the start of the league campaign and the rest of the European campaign, with September being the earliest he might be back. Like Boyata, he won’t be rushed.
And just when Moussa broke down, our other main striker Leigh Griffiths complained of a calf strain, serious enough to keep him out of the first Rosenberg match at Celtic Park, recovering only to feature for the last half an hour in Trondheim on Wednesday.
To make matters worse, Erik Sviatchenko, who was also a doubt for the game in Norway, suffered another injury after only 24 minutes of the game. The news today that Erik will be out for at least another six weeks is a blow to Brendan, and the Bhoys, as he tries to get a settled team to try and emulate last season’s magnificent achievements.
What won’t happen though is panic from the manager.
Brendan will look at the situation and decide if he needs to bring in more bodies. He’s already stressed he only wants quality, and he doesn’t want to bring in players for the sake of it.
However, times like this you often discover other players will step up to the plate. Like Nir Bitton did on Wednesday night…