Another Celtic player could miss clash v Rangers after international injury - report
Rangers could be facing a depleted Celtic side in next weekend’s Old Firm game, with another Hoops player looking likely to miss the match.
According to a report in the Scottish Sun, Hoops midfielder Nir Bitton may miss the game against Rangers after being withdrawn from international duty with Israel.
He joins teammates Odsonne Eduard and Ryan Christie as likely absentees from next weekend’s Old Firm clash at Celtic Park.
The report says that Bitton “made a surprise appearance for his national team in the Hampden play-off despite his club manager Neil Lennon insisting there was no chance of him playing, following an ankle injury.
“The Celtic star has now been pulled out of the squad for their Nations League games against Czech Republic and Slovakia. He is now a doubt to face Rangers in the first Old Firm derby of the season at Parkhead next Saturday.”
Rangers fans will be growing more and more confident of another away win in an Old Firm game following last season’s 2-1 win at Celtic Park, as the list of missing players grows for Celtic.
Celtic’s Edouard could miss the game after testing positive for COVID-19, but it is unclear whether he will still need to isolate by October 17. Christie will definitely miss the game due to isolation after spending time with Southampton’s Stuart Armstrong, who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Rangers have an injury concern of their own, following news that Borna Barisic didn’t feature for Croatia in their most recent game. Barisic was withdrawn in the second half of the Gers’ last game against Ross County but injury worries were played down by Gary McAllister before the full-back was called up to his national side.
But in positive injury news for the Ibrox club, it seems that Kemar Roofe has suggested he may be fit to face Celtic after putting a photo on himself on Instagram with football boots on.
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