Ange confirms duo are doubts for Glasgow Derby

Liel Abada and Anthony Ralston look set to miss Celtic’s visit to Dingwall to play Ross County on Sunday as Celtic get back to the business of retaining their Scottish Premiership title. Ange Postecoglou’s update confirms that the pair are now also a doubt for the Glasgow Derby on 8 April.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the Celtic manager admitted the pair would likely miss the next “couple of weeks”.

However, hope remains that Aaron Mooy and Tomoki Iwata will have recovered in time to be considered for Sunday and Ross County, meaning even if they don’t make it for Sunday, both may well be fit enough to return for the Glasgow Derby at Celtic Park next weekend –

“Ralston and Abada picked up some injuries in camp so will probably miss a couple of weeks.

“We will see how they develop.

“James Forrest is still out for a little bit of time. The other two are Aaron Mooy and Tomoki Iwata, who have stayed with us and they are touch and go for the weekend, we don’t see them being too far away.”

Liel Abada travelled to Israel during the international break to be assessed by the Israeli medical team, as is their right. However, upon arrival the Celtic winger failed a fitness test and flew all the way back to Glasgow for what was a wasted journey and will clearly have impacted on his programme of recuperation.

Ralston meanwhile was added to the Scotland squad as a late replacement for former Celt Jack Hendry for a double header with Cyprus and Spain which saw Scotland win all six points and produce an incredible performance on Tuesday night at Hampden to defeat Spain 2-0. However, Ralston couldn’t play any part in the historic win, after pulling out of the squad injured after the 3-0 win over Cyprus.

Niall J

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As a Bellshill Bhoy I was taken to my first Celtic game in the summer of 1987. It was Billy McNeill’s return to Celtic Park as manager and Celtic lost 5-1 to Arsenal . I thought I was a jinx, I think my Grandfather might have thought the same. It was the finest gift anyone ever gave me when he walked me through Parkhead's gates.

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