Rodgers Confirms Major Injury Boost For Celtic Ahead Of 5 Key Fixtures

Celtic centre-back Cameron Carter-Vickers should be available to play against Feyenoord on Wednesday night, according to manager Brendan Rodgers.

The American international missed the 2-1 defeat to Kilmarnock on Sunday after suffering a hamstring strain during a win over Hibernian last week. However, Rodgers says the scan on the injury suggests that the defender doesn’t need to spend any more time on the sidelines:

“To be fair, it [the scan] was pretty clear. But he has just felt a bit of stiffness around it so we don’t want to force it. He has obviously played a lot of games since he has come back from injury.”

“Nat [Phillips] can come in and do a great job for us and then hopefully Cam will be available in the midweek.”

Celtic missed Carter-Vickers at Rugby Park

The Scottish champions suffered in the former Tottenham player’s absence, with his replacement Nat Phillips failing to impress against Kilmarnock

An own goal from the Liverpool loanee got the home side back into the game, with Mark Kennedy then scoring the winner three minutes before the end of normal time.

Carter-Vickers will be needed for some key fixtures

While the match versus Feyenoord in the Champions League is a dead rubber, the Hoops do have four other fixtures this month which could prove decisive in their title defence.

Rodgers’ men take on Hearts at Parkhead this weekend, followed by another home fixture versus Livingston. On Boxing Day, they travel to face Dundee before a massive Glasgow derby against Rangers on December 30th.

Having Carter-Vickers involved in all of these matches will give Celtic the very best chance of securing maximum points, and it looks like he will be back in contention.

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David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.