Ange Postecoglou has told his players to ‘get on with it’ ahead of Celtic’s game on Sunday against Dundee United. The Celtic manager oversaw a win over Kirkcaldy side Raith Rovers last night but the Australian is already well underway with his preparations for the game against Tam Courts’ United. However, injuries have threatened these preparations given the limited options in the attacking areas for the Australian.
With a win over Dundee last weekend followed by a 3-1 defeat to Hibs in the Cup, Dundee United will certainly be a stern test. Especially even more so this weekend as Celtic continue to struggle with injuries across the side. However, Postecoglou appeared to have contented himself with the situation even if he was aware of how difficult a time it was.
The manager addressed the injury concerns to The Sun, updating the support on Callum McGregor, Kyogo and Mikey Johnston.
“With Cal next Thursday is being optimistic. With Kyogo, I doubt we will see him this side of the international window but he is pushing hard.
“Unfortunately, Mikey Johnston picked up a niggle on Wednesday so he will be out and I’m not sure when he will be back. To cut a long story short, we won’t get anybody back for Sunday.”
The manager was candid in his assessment of the current situation but he urged his players to get on with it and get the job done on Sunday.
“I haven’t been through too many periods in my career like this where it’s so challenging with what’s happening off the field in terms of injuries and disruptions.
“But it is what it is. And what our supporters want to know is that we will come here on Sunday and do everything to get a result and just get on with it.
“I don’t think it’s an excuse but there are valid reasons why we are a little bit inconsistent in terms of the way we are playing at the moment.
“Because we have lost our captain, lost our top goalscorer, other guys who can play in the front area haven’t been available. Those kind of things you can use as reasons for not progressing, but we are not doing that.
“If we haven’t performed, we take it on the chin like we did on Sunday and come back in midweek and get the job done. If we get through this period it just means we will be a real, strong unit.”
Celtic lost Giorgos Giakoumakis to a calf injury in the warm up against Raith and James Forrest is likely to return after the international break.