On Tuesday night, when Abada went down, I know a lot of us thought “Oh my God, not another one …” because although we have a decent squad, with a lot of depth, you can only suffer so many of these injuries before the cracks start to show.
Abada seems to be okay. Jota too.
They may or may not be fit for the weekend but they will be back in the team soon enough. Starfelt could be back soon, and then it’ll only be Callum who’s out of the side, and the midfield is the area where we’re strongest.
With a run-in like we’re facing before the World Cup starts it is that squad depth which will play the crucial role. Last night, at Ibrox, disaster struck their team above and beyond taking a proper doing from the rampant Anfield side. They lost two players at a time when they can’t afford to have a single additional player on the side-lines.
Goldson, ever present in the last three or four seasons, left the ground on crutches. The manager sounded despondent in his after match interview; he clearly knows that it’s bad and that he could be out for weeks. If he is, they are in a lot of bother.
They also lost Ryan Jack, and that might seem like something they can suck up with their own midfield depth, but two of those midfielders are over 35 and simply cannot play two games a week.
Then, today, another hammer blow … Ben Davies might also be injured, with a hamstring problem which could keep him out for weeks.
They are on the bones of their arse at the worst possible time.
The weaknesses in their squad are being exposed. They are creaking at the worst possible time and their fans are scared to death because they can see how threadbare they are.
That’s a consequence of a suicidally stupid transfer policy which is now haunting them.
We had a big night last night and we weren’t even playing. Our own defeat could have been a huge blow to our own confidence, but we’re not the ones reeling like a punch-drunk boxer.
The strength of Celtic is about to become important to this race.
The weaknesses of Ibrox are about to be exposed.