Celtic have been handed a potential double injury boost ahead of their upcoming Scottish League Cup semi-final.
In recent comments cited by the Daily Record, Ange Postecoglou revealed that both Tom Rogic and Carl Starfelt are in contention for the Bhoys’ semi-final clash against St. Johnstone next weekend.
Rogic has missed the Hoops last three fixtures due to a hamstring injury picked up in the 3-1 win at Hibernian, while Starfelt has been sidelined for the club’s last two games as a result of his own hamstring injury.
However, speaking about the respective recoveries of the duo, Postecoglou said: “Carl and Tommy are trying hard to make the semi-final next weekend. It’s obviously an important game but we also have an important one four days later.
“Tommy is probably a little bit ahead of Carl at the moment, but I wouldn’t rule either of them out right now. We won’t put them at risk so it’s probably going to be one of those touch and go ones. If they don’t make the semi-final, I’d think they will probably be ready for the Leverkusen game.”
Considering just how impressive both Rogic and Starfelt have been for Celtic this season, the news that both players are back in contention for the semi-final is sure to have left Bhoys fans buzzing.
Indeed, over Rogic’s 11 Scottish Premiership fixtures this term, the £1.35m-rated midfielder has scored one goal, registered two assists and created five big chances for his teammates, with these returns seeing the £16k-per-week man average a SofaScore match rating of 6.97.
Meanwhile, over Starfelt’s own 11 league appearances, the £2.7m-rated centre-back has helped his side keep five clean sheets, as well as making an average of 1.5 interceptions, 1.1 tackles, 3.7 clearances and winning 6.3 duels per game – with these metrics seeing the Sweden international average a SofaScore match rating of 7.23.
As such, the potential return of both players will undoubtedly provide Celtic’s chances of reaching the League Cup final with a major boost, something that will certainly delight everyone involved with the club, none more so than Postecoglou himself.