Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has played down concerns about the fitness of a number of players ahead of Wednesday’s Premier Sports Cup quarter-final tie against Motherwell.
Sead Haksbanovic was taken off at half-time during the 6-1 win over Hibernian on Saturday, while Giorgos Giakoumakis was also substituted, but Postecoglou says the pair, along with David Turnbull, will be fit for the midweek fixture:
“From what I know about today, I think everyone will be okay for Wednesday. We took Sead Haksabanovic off because he had a bit of an ankle issue going into the game, but he was really keen to play. Once the game was done, we could take him off at 45. I think everyone else was good. Hopefully, by Wednesday, David Turnbull will be okay as well.”
Tellingly, though, Postecoglou did not say that Jota will be available. The Portuguese winger has missed the last two matches with a muscular injury but it was believed that he would be back in training next week.
From the looks of things, he may not be ready to face Motherwell, with the Hearts fixture a more likely game for the player to make his comeback.
In terms of other players, Stephen Welsh’s fitness situation is unknown after he pulled up in training, while Carl Starfelt and Callum McGregor are both still on the treatment table.