Celtic are facing an injury problem as they prepare to play Real Betis in the Europa League in Seville tonight. The Hoops will field a makeshift team against a club that was already going to be a tough opponent before the announcement that Callum McGregor and Liel Abada would miss the encounter.
As Ange Postecoglou prepares his team to face the La Liga heavyweights, he is forced to field a haphazard lineup and hope for the best.
The left back position is a major source of worry. With Greg Taylor out with a shoulder injury and Boli Bolingoli not enrolled for the European team, Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou appears to be left with two choices.
Either play Juranovic on the left and bring Ralston back in, or start young Adam Montgomery, who, by all reports, did a fantastic job against Alkmaar the last time he was thrown in.
But, speaking on Clyde 1 Superscoreboard, writer Stephen McGowan highlighted the reason why the club didn’t improve that part of the team when it was apparent that they would struggle for cover if injury or suspension struck.
“Well they didn’t get Boli Bolingoli out the window. They didn’t get him out the door.
“I mean you already have Greg Taylor, you have Boli Bolingoli and you have Adam Montgomery.
“How many left backs can you have?
“Okay, you can say they are not to the standard the fans would like. It is not a particularly great situation, but I think there has to be an acceptance to get players in, you have to move players out as well.
“They just have too many left backs.”
I’m not sure how Celtic ended up themselves in this predicament, but if there’s a bright spot to be found, it’s young Montgomery.
From what I’ve seen so far, I have full faith in the young man, and he has all the makings of a great player for the Hoops.