13 Celtic players have been called up for international duty amid fears as the club endured an absolute nightmare just a few weeks ago.
After a harrowing international break last month that lead to Neil Lennon’s side being without star players like Odsonne Edouard for a stretch of important games, it seems the Hoops may be set for an unfortunate repeat as thirteen players have been called up for international duty.
Hoops fans will remember with disdain the crucial stretch of matches against Rangers, AC Milan, and Aberdeen that Odsonne Edouard had to miss after testing positive while away during the last international break. The side were also without Israeli internationals Hatem Abd Elhamed and Nir Bitton, as well as Ryan Christie who came in contact with Stuart Armstrong while on Scottish national duty but did not test positive himself.
For the upcoming break, Hoops fans will be hoping their side’s players can avoid any unfortunate encounters in order to not miss any playing time after a rough stretch of results for Lennon’s side that has seen them chasing the Rangers in the league while hanging by a thread in the Europa League.
The list of players called up for international duty includes Ryan Christie, Leigh Griffiths, Callum McGregor and Greg Taylor for Scotland. Griffiths’ international call is big news for the Celtic striker, who hasn’t made an international appearance in two years. Scotland will be facing Serbia for the UEFA EURO qualifiers followed by Slovakia and Israel inn the Nations League.
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Two more youngsters have been called up to the Scotland Under-21 team, David Turnbull and the loaned-out Ross Doohan.
Defender Shane Duffy will be making an appearance for the Republic of Ireland, with Hoops fans likely hoping he can use the break to correct his horrid form of late.
Star striker Odsonne Edouard will appear for France’s Under-21s. Nir Bitton and Hatem Abd Elhamed also head to play for Israel. Closing out the list are Mohamed Elyounoussi for Norway, Patryk Klimala for Poland’s Under-21s, and Vasilis Barkas for Greece.
Here’s to wishing all of the Bhoys the best of luck in international play, and a safe return with hopefully no positive cases leading to missed matches for a somewhat desperate Hoops squad at the moment.