If you’d asked at the start of the season what Celtic’s biggest barrier to success would be this year, “too many international class players” probably seemed an unlikely answer.
And yet, that is exactly how things have panned out, and continue to do so.
With another international week, comes yet more disruption to Celtic’s domestic squad.
Whereas it was our Scottish, French and Israeli stars who ended up having to miss games last time, the attention has now turned to Norway.
Both Kris Ajer and Mo Elyounoussi face the prospect of having to self-isolate for ten days, after their team mate, Omar Elabdellaoui returned a positive test for Covid-19.
Whilst Celtic await clarification from the Scottish government, if the ten day quarantine period holds true, this will mean that both players would miss our next league game, away to Hibs.
With Hibs having already taken a point from Rangers at Easter Road this season, this was a game that already looked a daunting prospect.
However, with last week’s hat-trick hero Elyounoussi, and arguably our most consistent defender this season in Ajer, missing, this game takes on altogether grimmer complexion.
With Rangers not having to worry about many of their players being called up for international duty, the Covid chaos continues to elude them.
One thing is for sure, whoever has to miss out next weekend, the Hibs game is an absolute must win. Leigh Griffiths getting some more game time for Scotland yesterday was welcome. We may well have to call on both him and the recently dropped Shane Duffy if we are to secure all three points on Saturday.