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Celtic handed early injury boost ahead of Scottish Cup showdown

Celtic turn their attention to the Scottish Cup once again this weekend after the Hoops secured a blistering 7-0 win in their latest SPFL match against St. Johnstone.

This time, the Hoops will be taking on their Old Firm rivals Rangers in the semi-finals of the competition, after beating them in the league earlier this month.

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Looking ahead to the clash, it seems as though the Parkhead club have been handed a potential lift that could provide a boost to their chances of reaching the final.

What’s the news?

After being forced off the pitch through injury during Rangers’ recent 4-0 win over St. Mirren, defender Filip Helander was spotted on crutches heading into hospital after the match.

Taking this into account, it doesn’t look good for the centre-back’s chances of being able to play at the weekend, leaving Rangers somewhat depleted at the back.

With Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side having their second-leg Europa League quarter-final clash against Braga in midweek, Helander’s potential absence will mean that another possible injury blow to any of their other centre-back options will be a massive blow for the side.

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Having already suffered two long-term injuries since arriving at Ibrox, this latest setback for the Sweden international will be a big worry for everyone at the club.

Great news for Celtic

Even though the 28-year-old has only played in 11 games for the Gers across all competitions this season, he has still shown what a useful figure he can be for the team up and down the pitch.

In the six league games he’s appeared in, the defender has racked up an average of 2.8 clearances per game, showing what a capable defender he is and what a tough opponent he could have been for the Hoops at the weekend.

Also, with two goals to his name this season, Helander has proved himself to be a nuisance in the opposition box as well, which could have made him a real threat for Celtic to have to deal with.

Moving forward, if the centre-back isn’t fit enough to play in Sunday’s showdown, this will be great news for the Hoops and their chance of once again securing a win over their Glasgow rivals.

After all, after knocking as many as seven goals past last weekend’s opponents, their strikers will be hungry for blood in front of goal. Helander being absent will only boost their chances of reaching the final.

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