Celtic defender Christopher Jullien has been described as a major doubt for Sunday’s derby against Rangers at Ibrox.
The French defender suffered what looked to be a nasty knee injury during Celtic’s 3-0 win against Dundee United and the Scottish Sun reports that he could now miss the Old Firm on Saturday.
While Steven Gerrard would never wish such an injury on an opposing player, this news could play straight into Rangers’ hands.
Neil Lennon confirmed that the player is being assessed ahead of the game, but if he is unable to feature then it may be Hoops loanee Shane Duffy that comes into the side.
Duffy’s move to Celtic from Brighton looked like the dream opportunity for the defender, but his form since arriving in Scotland has been far from perfect.
There have been moments of brilliance from Duffy, but his form has been inconsistent at best, with the Irish international struggling during big games for Celtic this season.
Per 90 minutes for Celtic this season, Duffy is winning less than 70% of his defensive duels and is completing less than 0.4 of all of his slide tackles, according to Wyscout.
Arriving from Premier League side Brighton, many would have expected better from Duffy, who is certainly an experienced pro.
Earlier in the campaign, some Celtic supporters were far from impressed by his form and urged their club to get rid.
An out-of-sorts Duffy coming into the side could play perfectly into the hands of somebody like Kemar Roofe, who is coming into the game in red hot form.
The Englishman has scored seven times in his last 10 across all competitions and has 10 goals in 11 league starts this season.
Given his importance to their defence, you can imagine Celtic will be doing all they can to have Jullien back in the team, but his absence would be seen as an early boost to Rangers.