Brendan Rodgers has hinted that two of his injured stars could be available for next week’s return tie against Valencia.
Injuries have hampered Celtic all season with all of their first choice defenders recently sidelined.
Kieran Tierney hasn’t played since December 13th but has now had more than a week involved in full training and a return to competitive action could be imminent – although Rodgers stopped short of directly naming the players who could be available for selection next week.
Speaking after the first leg defeat against Valencia, the BBC reported Rodgers as saying:
You have to have that belief [for the second leg]. We’ve got good players, we might have one or two back as well next week. We need to defend and concentrate well, especially in key moments of the game. If we can get the first goal, it could set us up for a really good second leg.
Olivier Ntcham hasn’t played this year but like Tierney seems to be getting close to a comeback.
Filip Benkovic, Tony Ralston and Tom Rogic won’t be back in action until March, while there is no word on when Leigh Griffiths will return after taking time out due to personal issues.
Changes are anticipated for this weekend’s clash against Kilmarnock, with Kris Ajer a likely candidate to come into the side for Jozo Simunovic. Timothy Weah is also strongly pushing for a starting place in Celtic’s ninth match since returning from their winter break in Dubai.