Brendan Rodgers confirms bad news for Celtic before title run-in

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With the Premiership title race very tight, Celtic have a ton of work to do over the upcoming weeks and little scope for slip-ups. The Hoops are still very much in the mix of things but the Rangers do hold a slight advantage as things stand. They are a point behind Brendan Rodgers' side but have played a game less as well.

Celtic were very close to turning the momentum of the title race back in their favour away at Ibrox. But they could not hold on for a few more minutes, as the Rangers found an equaliser in injury time and the Glasgow Derby ended in a draw.

It goes without saying that the upcoming matches are very important for Celtic. Unfortunately, it looks like they are set to be without one of their key starters for most if not all of them.

Daizen Maeda has suffered an injury and looks set for a spell on the sidelines. Liam Scales is dealing with an issue as well. As reported by Sky Sports, Rodgers said about the Celtic duo:

"Daizen will miss the weekend. He picked up an injury high in his hamstring, his tendon, so we will have to see what that looks like in the coming weeks. But he is certainly not available for the weekend.

"We will see where it goes in the next week or so and then we will understand better what inclusion he will have between now and the end of the season.

"Liam Scales has picked up a slight strain in his abductor so the likelihood is that he won't be involved."

Rodgers confirms bad news for Celtic before title run-in

Both Maeda and Scales have been regular starters for Celtic this season. The latter's issue does not seem to be as serious but it looks like the Japanese forward could potentially be out for the rest of the campaign.

Of course, Luis Palma has been dealing with an injury of his own. He was not included in the matchday squad against the Rangers, but with Maeda out, Celtic might need him to return to the first-team fold as soon as possible.

It has been a season full of injuries for Celtic and the club need to have a closer look at the reason behind it. So many injuries just do not seem natural and are definitely not ideal.