With an injury filled first half of the season at Celtic, there was a regular need to bring in players across the pitch for the club to make up the playing XI and the bench stronger. It has not been easy for Ange Postecoglou till now, as a number of the Hoops players have been out of action at one point or another through the course of the season, leaving him scrambling for options multiple times.
Thankfully, with more now recovered from their injuries and players both coming in and going out during the January transfer window, the squad situation for the second half of the season looks much better, for now at least.
There are less in the way of long-term injuries though we will have to wait to see more updates on that situations of Kyogo Furuhashi and David Turnbull, and see when they will be back in action.
And of course, we all are eager to see Christopher Jullien get a few matches under his belt after more than a year-long lay off.
Celtic first-team squad availability update (January 21, 2022)
Goalkeepers – Available
Joe Hart, Scott Bain, Vasilis Barkas.
Defenders – Available
Greg Taylor, Carl Starfelt, Liam Scales, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Boli Bolingoli, Osaze Urhoghide, Dane Murray, Adam Montgomery, Anthony Ralston, Stephen Welsh, Josip Juranovic, Christopher Jullien.
Midfielders – Available
Reo Hatate, Yosuke Ideguchi, Nir Bitton, Ismaila Soro, James McCarthy, Tom Rogic, Mikey Johnston, Callum McGregor, Jota, James Forrest, Matt O’Riley.
Midfielders – Unavailable
David Turnbull – expected to be out for several more weeks.
Karamoko Dembele – now back in early recovery training after a long-term injury suffered in pre-season.
Forwards – Available
Liel Abada, Daizen Maeda, Giorgos Giakoumakis.
Forwards – Unavailable
Kyogo Furuhashi – Out for some weeks at least but could be longer.
Albian Ajeti – Recovering from an injury suffered in December.
Johnny Kenny – Arrived injured and out for a few weeks.
(Playing positions are as shown on Celtic’s official website’ first-team squad)
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