Celtic boss Ronny Deila is confident his side can cope without the injured Charlie Mulgrew.
Celtic boss Ronny Deila has suggested two reasons the club can cope without Charlie Mulgrew to the Evening Times.
The 28-year-old is suffering with a knee problem, which rules him out of action for around six weeks.
It’s a blow for Deila’s side because Mulgrew is one of their most consistent and experience players, but the boss isn’t overly worried.
“Apart from Charlie, we have a strong squad at the moment. We have a lot of fit players and a lot of competition for places in every area of the park,” said Deila.
“We also have a lot of big personalities and big game players.”
“I am sure they will step up and rise to the occasion. We are looking forward to the game (against Rangers) and are confident.”
The squad depth Celtic seemingly have is encouraging because it means the team can cope through long periods without key players.
There are options ready to come into the first team and that means Celtic can maintain a very high and impressive level of performance in the big games against difficult opponents.
The players he talks about in terms of personality need to step up and replace the on field ability of Mulgrew to organise and demand the very best from his teammates whether a game is going well or poorly.
The League Cup match against Rangers will be difficult for Celtic because their greatest rivals could look to make the match a physical, gritty sort of contest.
Therefore, it’s significant that Deila feels the team can cope without having one of their most experienced midfielders and leaders available.
His injury has not changed preparations and certainly hasn’t changed Celtic’s favourites tag for the majority of games they head into.