Celtic’s Injury Ravaged Season Continues. We Better Be Looking For A Solution To This.

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One of the most pleasing things coming out of Ibrox was the strength of the team.

That has been well and truly dashed today as we got three pieces of abysmal news. Callum McGregor isn’t ready yet to return properly to the side. Liam Scales is out tomorrow. But worse, by far, is that Maeda has picked up a hamstring injury and might be out for a while.

How long is a while? Quite possibly the end of the season. Jesus.

Now, it is possible that he’ll come back from his scan next week and we’ll find out that it’s not as bad as all that, but Rodgers fears the worst and so should the rest of us as a consequence.

Just when you thought we might have this sussed, and our best players all the way to the run-in, there are doubts about the captain and our top left sided player.

The sense that we’re in some sort of cursed campaign never really goes away, does it?

If we were ten points clear (as we should be) none of this would matter a damn; I accept that and recognise that we only have ourselves to blame in some ways. But still … it’s beyond frustrating to watch this happen time and time again. And it’s worrying as well.

Because it means that whatever it is that we’re doing wrong, we just keep on doing it. If we’re missing something we need to find out what it is and get it, whether that means a significant investment in the medical team or our facilities or whatever else it might be.

This has happened to us so often this season that there is clearly a problem which can be tracked back to Lennoxtown and it does us no good not to acknowledge that.

We can only wish that Callum gets back up speed quickly and that Maeda gets some good news next week. Because this is the last news anyone at the club needed and the last we wanted to get. It’s not good enough, this, but we can no longer just put this stuff down to bad luck.

It happens too often, and the injuries are too serious, for that.

Something is not working right at this club. We better be on top of this before next season, even as we’re hoping that it doesn’t paralyse the current one.

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  • Roonsa says:

    Aw. FFS. Maeda out? That’s a disaster!!!!

  • Gerry says:

    I was absolutely gutted when I heard the news about
    Maeda today !

    He splits opinion, but for me, he is vital to our success and the way Rodgers wants to play. Love his limitless energy and ability to press at will.

    His final ball does let him down, but if he had a consistent end product, he wouldn’t be at Celtic. What a loss he’ll be, starting with tomorrow’s game!!!

    There does appear to be a certain cursed element to this season, but I agree that it has happened too often, to just blame bad luck and misfortune.

    So much has to happen in the close season, for us to be considered a real top club. This has to incorporate better scouting, better purchasing of quality players and the requisite top quality medical facilities, and professionals are in place, to ensure these injuries and/or recovery time, are kept to a bare minimum,

    Maybe, after this title is secured, this will be part of Rodgers’ ‘green print’ for a better future.

  • Big Wolf says:

    Today’s devastating news regarding the injury to Maeda and McGregor still not back to full fitness, makes one thing absolutely certain. The first fixture after the split will see Sevco visiting Parkhead. Every opportunity to give Sevco an advantage will be grasped.

  • Chris Q says:

    I agree with James
    This is a fundamental problem with what is happening at Lennoxtown and training methods
    It’s not a coincidence that this has happened since Rodgers has taken over
    If there is an issue it NEEDS to be addressed NOW

    • Roonsa says:

      The exact same thing happened when Rodgers was manager last time round. Please let’s not forget that. I am not blaming Brendan. I am just looking for the common denominator.

    • Matt says:

      I listened to a podcast called the “huddle breakdown” this was prior to BR coming back. The HB had a guy from a Leicester podcast on, one of the things he mentioned was the seemingly endless list of injured players in the team under BR. It’s a good listen. I’m not blaming BR, I’m pro Rogers, I like him.

  • Taj says:

    Can’t believe it. Your right James, it’s happening too often. Just when hope was returning. Think we’ve had our share of injuries for one season it’s someone else’s turn. No more Brendan, no more!

  • Brattbakk says:

    I’m not sure if Palma is fit yet but if he is it’s a great opportunity for him. There’s no reason why he can’t play well and help us win this league.

  • Kevan McKeown says:

    These situations were and are, always gonnae crop up and fact is that we didn’t strengthen properly tae be prepared for it.

  • Holysmokes says:

    I seem to remember a lot of injuries being a feature of Rodgers’ first spell too. Not under Ange but now again under Rodgers. May be a coincidence?

  • Joe McQuaid says:

    Not sure this is a Lennoxtown thing. Injuries are up 15% in the EPL this season with time out injured up 30%. Consensus is excessive loading on players – too many games at higher levels of intensity.
    I think our style of play over past 2-3 seasons has taken a toll. Squad rotation key for me – but of course you need the players in the squad that you trust to deliver.

  • Joe McQuaid says:

    Separate point, the news from Turkey that they are flying in VAR officials from other countries for the remainder of the season for crucial games after claims of bias sets an interesting precedent.
    Such bias could never occur in the best wee country in the world, it’s just those Johnnie Foreigners that can’t be trusted…

  • Jimmy says:

    Horrendous news. Where do we start with injuries this season. Is it down to training methods or simple bad luck. I have no idea. Hopefully Calum can get up to speed quickly with some bounce games. They can’t cope with Daizen so that’s a huge blow. Agree with Kevan above if our recruitment was done properly it wouldn’t have meant so much.
    6 games to go. We need to get right behind the team. The fans in the ground including family and friends, C’mon boys and girls. Time to play your part and get Celtic park rocking.

  • Clachnacuddin and the Hoops says:

    Bristol Rovers FC – Always Known as The Gas Men…

    Glasgow Celtic FC – Now Known as The Glass Men…

    I used to hear an old Sevco minded drunk yabble in the pub “God is a Prod”

    This season – drunks or no drunks – It’d make you wonder !

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