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Who Can Step Up and Solve Celtic’s Injury Problems?

Who Can Step Up and Solve Celtic’s Injury Problems?

Celtic have been hit with a number of injury problems after their weekend win over St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park.

Brendan Rodgers’ men fought for a 2-0 victory over Tommy Wright’s in-form side on Sunday, but it came at a price.

Mikael Lustig picked up an injury at half-time in the game, while James Forrest missed the final 10 minutes with a hamstring injury and Odsonne Edouard had to be stretchered down the tunnel with what looked like an ankle injury.

That adds to the recent injuries sustained by Tom Rogic and Filip Benkovic – with both likely to miss the next six weeks of action.

So there’s an opportunity for some players to step up and make an impact for Celtic over the coming weeks:

Jeremy Toljan

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For many, Toljan’s breakthrough into the starting XI was only a matter of time after his deadline day loan move from Borussia Dortmund. With Lustig potentially injured now, Toljan has an early chance to make the right back position his own between now and the end of the season.

Vakoun Issouf Bayo

It’s very likely Forrest will miss more than a few games as he recovers from a hamstring injury so there has to be a replacement at right wing. We actually think that could be Oliver Burke, with many thinking that his best position would be at right wing. He’s been starting up front for Celtic since joining on loan from West Brom, but this could be the right time to move out right and allow Bayo his opportunity. The Ivory Coast striker joined Celtic last month and Rodgers warned that he’d need time to settle in. He’s been in training for two weeks now and fans may still have to wait to see him in action, but his breakthrough may be accelerated due to these injuries.

Timo Weah

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If Weah doesn’t start Celtic’s next game against Hibs tomorrow night then we’d be shocked. He climbed off the bench to set up and one score the other against St Johnstone on Sunday and everything points towards a regular run of games now – particularly with the injuries. Those games could come either as a striker or as a right winger with the absences of Edouard and Forrest.

Olivier Ntcham

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It’s been a frustrating season for Ntcham due to poor form and injury, but he’s returned to training this week – and could end up back in the team quicker due to recent events. Rogic’s absence means there’s one less midfield option for Rodgers and he may look to use Ryan Christie or Callum McGregor in that number 10 position. If it’s the latter, Ntcham is one who could go in and partner Scott Brown in sitting midfield.

Who do you think will make a big impact over the coming weeks?

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