Celtic returns back to Scotland from Dubai training camp next week to kickoff their preparations as they travels to Firhill stadium to take on Partick Thistle next Saturday as they start the defence or their Scottish Cup.
This will be the club’s first match of the new decade and will present the Parkhead club with an opportunity to return to winning ways after a disappointing run of performances at the end of 2019.
According to a report from SunSport, Celtic have been dealt injury blow ahead of the club’s return to action with Hatem Elhamed suffering a setback in his comeback from the injury.
The report reads: “Jeremie Frimpong has starred at right-back but Lennon has been eager to get experienced Elhamed back into the team. Tom Rogic is also near a return to training but Mikey Johnston is still a fortnight away with a thigh strain.”
This is a blow for the club because Ryan Christie has already been out until end of the month and in his absence Tom Rogic – who is not 100% fit yet – would be expected to fill in the position.
The report seems to give Celtic faithfuls some slight hope that the TransferMarkt’s €3-million rated attacking midfielder could be in line for a return for the Scottish Cup tie against Partick.
However, there’s no such luck for Mikey Johnston and Hatem Elhamed with the former expected to spend more lengthy time with injury this term.
All in all, a win at the Firhill stadium should come handy for Celtic despite’s their growing list of injured players.