Celtic’s chances of reaching the final of the Scottish Cup have taken a blow with Ange Postecoglou’s Bhoys being dealt another injury setback.
Giorgos Giakoumakis limped off during their 7-0 win last weekend but they have now been rocked by further issues.
David Turnbull has only just returned from a lengthy injury layoff but he’s now picked up yet another gutting blow.
Postecoglou confirmed the news this week as quotes from the Daily Record cited his absence.
The boss said: “David Turnbull, he obviously got a pretty hard knock.
“It’s only a couple of days after so we’ll see how it all settles down. I’m hoping it’s not too lengthy an absence.”
Long absence or not, this will come as a major blow to Celtic and it will surely leave Postecoglou rather gutted as a result.
Turnbull was missing with a hamstring problem from before Christmas until the beginning of March and had made three substitute appearances in their last three outings.
However, just as he was beginning to build his fitness and form – registering an assist versus St Johnstone – he is now back on the treatment table.
The Hoops coped well without him, moving six points clear at the top of the Premiership, but this is someone who can change a game and against Rangers, that will be absolutely crucial.
Furthermore, no player in the entire Celtic squad has been more creative than him per game, with the attacking midfielder registering 3.6 key passes, 0.9 more than the next best in January signing Matt O’Riley.
Whether or not he would have started this weekend is a different matter entirely but if they can’t call on his services in such a big game, it will be a crushing blow to Postecoglou’s ambitions of reaching a second final this term.