Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has been handed a major boost ahead of the crucial Old Firm derby at Rangers with news that his Socceroos playmaker, Tom Rogic, will be available to play.
Australian Postecoglou will also be able to again call on the services of his returning star, Japanese striker Kyogo Furuhashi, as he faces a top-of-the-table clash on Sunday that could prove be a defining one in his first season at Parkhead.
Celtic, who lead the champions by just three points in the Scottish Premiership, will have just one key absentee in James Forrest, who sits out again with a minor muscle problem.
Rogic missed Australia’s World Cup qualifiers after picking up a leg knock in the 4-0 win over Ross County and Postecoglou had previously previously stated the midfielder would be out for the “medium term”.
But he returned to training in midweek and might not miss a match.
“If we had a game last weekend he wouldn’t have played, he didn’t train all last week,” Postecoglou said.
“He missed Monday and Tuesday but he has put in a couple of sessions now and he feels good so he is available again.”
Furuhashi has not played since aggravating a hamstring injury on Boxing Day, having netted 16 goals since his summer arrival.
“He is a very good player and he had a fantastic first half of the season. We were disappointed for him that the injury came along and kept him out for quite a while,” said Postecoglou.
“But we know the kind of impact he can have, he has already had a massive impact on our season and once he’s up and ready and out there again, I’m sure he will be looking to make a similar impact.”
In contrast, Rangers will be without their star striker Alfredo Morelos, who’s been ruled out after being sent home early from international duty with Colombia due to a muscle issue.