Celtic suffer late injury blow before Scottish Cup match

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Celtic's main focus has to be returning to the top of the Premiership. They let a golden opportunity slip through their fingers last weekend, losing 2-0 against Hearts. But for now, Brendan Rodgers and company will need to shift their attention towards the Scottish Cup, with the Hoops set to take on Livingston in the quarter-final at Parkhead.

Celtic simply cannot afford to lose this game. Otherwise, the atmosphere around Parkhead will only head further south, after what has already been a difficult and disappointing campaign from the Hoops.

Celtic have their fair share of injury problems heading into the match against Livingston though. Callum McGregor is out for the next few weeks at least. On the other hand, Rodgers might be left scrambling for options on the wing.

Yang Hyun-jun is set to miss the game, thanks to his red card against Hearts, which has seen him being suspended for two games. And now, it looks like Luis Palma is a major doubt as well.

Celtic suffer late injury blow before Scottish Cup match

As reported by 67 Hail Hail, while speaking in his media conference on the Celtic YouTube channel, Rodgers stated that Palma has picked up a knock. He may not feature against Livingston in the Scottish Cup.

If Palma does end up missing the game this weekend, then Rodgers would have a tough decision to make. Of course, he could go for a like-for-like replacement and bring Nicolas Kuhn into the team.

Kuhn has not impressed since his move to Celtic in the winter though. As a result, one cannot completely rule out the possibility of Rodgers tweaking with his system once again and playing Kyogo and Adam Idah together. It remains to be seen how things play out but this is a match the Hoops cannot lose.