Celtic Fans will be happy to see Christopher Jullien, Karamoko Dembele, Giorgos Giakoumakis, Joe Hart, James Forrest and Callum McGregor all back in training ahead of the restart of the league campaign on Monday 17 when Hibs visit Celtic Park.
No concrete news yet if fans will be allowed back into Paradise but I remain optimistic that we will be back inside the stadium cheering on the Bhoys.
Anyone who watched the short video released by Celtic today will have seen the 3 new Japanese Bhoys training at Lennoxtown with their new team mates but fellow country man Kyogo was a noticeable absentee as was Jota both are continuing their rehabilitation from hamstring injuries and hopefully they will be back training soon.
David Turnbull also remains on the injury list and reports suggest that he won’t be back till at least February. Long-term absentee Jullien will be chomping at the bit to get back into the team after missing out on over a year of football.
His return can only be a positive and add some competition for starting places in central defence. Hart and McGregor will go straight back into the team and you would expect Forest who has had a stop start season to be high up in Ange’s thoughts about getting him game time.
We haven’t seen to much of Giakoumakis and Dembele but these players returning will give the manager food for thought ahead of a packed schedule of two games a week with Cup, League and European glory all up for grabs.
Andrew Milne is Editor of More than 90 Minutes Celtic Fanzine which he started in 2001. He has been involved with fanzines since 1989 and has written for numerous publications and online about Celtic. He is a former newspaper columnist with the Daily Ireland and the man behind celticfanzine.com. He is host of the Celtic Soul Podcast, Talk form the Terrace Podcast, Grand Auld History Podcast & Celtic AM pre-match events at Murphy’s in Glasgow on match days and follows Celtic Home & Away. He is a season ticket holder for Celtic FC and the Republic of Ireland. He is also P.R.O. of St. Margaret’s CSC, a member of the Celtic Trust and the Celtic Graves Association.