Celtic handed a major injury boost as trio set for return

Celtic have been handed a huge injury boost ahead of their festive double header against Aberdeen and Rangers as Ryan Christie, Odsonne Edouard and Kieran Tierney are all set to return to action.

Brendan Rodgers and the Celtic support were handed an early Christmas present with Ryan Christie available to play against Dundee this weekend after returning from injury sustained against RB Salzburg in the Europa League two weeks ago. That news was followed by even better news with the announcement that both Odsonne Edouard and Kieran Tierney – while unavailable for Saturday’s game against Dundee – will be available for the two games against Aberdeen and Rangers.

The Celtic manager, speaking ahead of the Dundee game, said: “He’s [Christie] worked very hard and been very keen to get back. He’s trained now for a few days and looked really good.”

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – DECEMBER 08: Ryan Christie of Celtic scores his team’s fourth goal during the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match Celtic and Kilmarnock at Celtic Park Stadium on December 8, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Edouard picked up an injury on Wednesday night in Celtic’s 3-0 win over Motherwell with Celtic fans fearing the worst, as the Frenchman is the only striker currently available to the club with Leigh Griffiths out for an extended period of time through personal issues. But his return to action will come as a major boost to Celtic.

Rodgers added: “He won’t be available for the game tomorrow, but we’re very hopeful he will be ready for next week.”

The French youngster’s absence from the weekend game means that Ryan Christie or youngster Mikey Johnstone could lead the line against Dundee.

Rodgers continued: “We’re quite flexible with that. They’re obviously not out-and-out strikers but they can play in that position and the key thing is that they want to score goals.”

There was a further boost for Celtic as defenders Dedryck Boyata and Mikael Lustig could be set for a return to action against Rangers, but the Aberdeen game on the 26th may be a game too soon for the duo.

It looks like Celtic are welcoming their big game players at the right time and the double header could prove to be the turning point in any reported title challenge to Celtic’s crown.