Unlike many of our fickle fans, I wasn’t about to start ringing alarm bells with the club’s transfer activity in this window. I can’t believe Celtic’s luck with injuries though.
It seems we are being continuously tested in this position through fitness, injury or competency. So perhaps the story about Dusko Tosic does carry some weight after all?
In a couple of days the Serbian will turn 33 years old. With Compper injured for a month, Sviatchenko out on loan, Simunovic possibly leaving and Boyata and Ajer our only potential central pairing, Tosic might be a short-term answer.
The long-term answer might come in shape of Dundee’s Jack Hendry. The question many are asking though will be is he ready for the big time?
As fuzzy as I am with the whole UEFA cup-tie complexities, I believe Tosic would be able to play in against Zenit. Indeed if injury free he can just play anyway!
Elsewhere, Celtic youngster Mark Hill went out on loan to St Mirren for the rest of the season. There is still no confirmation about Liam Henderson but he is rumoured to have been offered a deal with Bari.
Brendan Rodgers was still no clearer on the future of Moussa Dembele in his interview with the media. Though he did maintain he expects new signings.
Yesterday I was overwhelmed by the amount of negativity by many Celtic fans. I feel the panic button has been hit prematurely by a few.
After today’s injury blow I now fully expect fans to go into overdrive. In fact I haven’t checked yet but it’s probably already under way.
Celtic have been desperately unlucky this season with injuries. The current injury list consists of Tom Rogic, Paddy Roberts, Jonny Hayes and now Marvin Compper.
Since the beginning of the season though, there have been long-term absences at crucial stages for the club for other players. At one point Celtic were without Dedryck Boyata, Jozo Simunovic, Leigh Griffiths, Moussa Dembele Anthony Ralston and Erik Sviatchenko.
Whether you agree with Brendan Rodgers or not, these all would have been important had they been available at the time. The push toward the end of the season will need all of the current squad to get back on their feet and back in the game.
Yes we do need some more talent but we also need our Bhoys back on form. They’ve had their break in Dubai and not it’s time to get back to work.
The window is open but until fresh blood arrives it’s down to THIS squad of players. Let’s keep the head and see what unfolds over the next two weeks.