As Celtic prepare to face Real Betis in the Europa League in Seville tonight, they are faced with an injury crisis that sees the Hoops looking to field a make shift squad against a side that, even before the news that Callum McGregor and Liel Abada were announced to miss the tie tonight, were going to be tough opponents.
As Ange Postecoglou looks to set up his team to take on the La Liga giants, he is faced with putting out a makeshift squad and hoping for the best.
An area of massive concern is the left back position. With Greg Taylor out with a shoulder injury and Boli Bolingoli not registered for the European squad it looks like the Celtic gaffer is faced with two options.
Either play Juranovic on the left and reinstate Ralston, or give young Adam Montgomery as start, who by all accounts, equipped himself very well against Alkmaar the last time he was pitched in.
But speaking on Clyde 1 Superscoreboard, journalist Stephen McGowan revealed the reason why the club didn’t strengthen that area of the team when it was blatantly obvious that, if injury or suspension hit, they would be struggling for cover, “Well they didn’t get Boli Bolingoli out the window. They didn’t get him out the door.
“I mean you already have Greg Taylor, you have Boli Bolingoli and you have Adam Montgomery.
“How many left backs can you have?
“Okay, you can say they are not to the standard the fans would like. It is not a particularly great situation, but I think there has to be an acceptance to get players in, you have to move players out as well.
“They just have too many left backs.”
How Celtic found themselves in this situation is beyond me but if there is a shining light to be shone, it is young Montgomery.
I have every confidence in the young man from what I have seen so far and he has the makings of a very good player for the Hoops.