Celtic’s Annual Injury Woes Appear To Have Continued As Three Players Forced Off Before Half Time In Bristol City Friendly

Celtic’s incredibly unfortunate injury problems of the last few seasons appear to have continued into this pre-season campaign as three players from the starting line up were forced out of the match through various ailments.

Vasilis Barkas was the first casualty. He had been set to start between the sticks but injured his fingers in the warm up and had to withdraw. Scott Bain took his place.

Mikey Johnston was next to leave the field early in the first half, hobbling off clutching his hamstring. He seems to suffer endless injury problems and his pre-season renaissance lasted all but a couple of matches as he had to be replaced by Adam Montgomery.

To complete the unlucky trilogy, Karamoko Dembele left the pitch before the half time whistle after receiving a shocking challenge. The young winger immediately hit the deck and clutched his ankle, before looking distraught at pitchside. He was subbed for Ewan Henderson.

There are currently 10 minutes remaining in the match. Let’s hope that Ange Postecoglou has no more injury concerns to deal with before full time.

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Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up in Bournemouth with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic during the Martin O'Neill era. Still living on the south coast, I have a season ticket at Paradise and also travel to European away matches when possible. I have written four Celtic books since the age of 19: Our Stories & Our Songs: The Celtic Support, Take Me To Your Paradise: A History Of Celtic-Related Incidents & Events, Walfrid & The Bould Bhoys: Celtic's Founding Fathers, First Season & Early Stars, and The Holy Grounds of Glasgow Celtic: A Guide To Celtic Landmarks & Sites Of Interest. These were/are sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores, and are available on Amazon.

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