Celtic midfielder Charlie Mulgrew has been quoted by the Daily Mail, giving a detailed timeline of when he plans to be back in action.
Mulgrew has been out of action since picking up a knee injury last December and has hit the training field ahead of his return to action.
“I’ve got one eye on the Monday before the cup final. Maybe I could train then. That gives me a full week building up to the cup final then maybe be involved in some kind of way,” said Mulgrew.
The comments give his manager Ronny Deila two main problems ahead of the League Cup final against Dundee United.
Firstly, they create the dilemma for Deila over whether the midfielder should be rushed back into the team.
There is merit in playing him because he’s an experienced option but rushing him back before he’s fully fit means he could be left suffering as a consequence and could maybe be out of action for even longer.
Secondly, the boss has to make the decision over whether to draft him back into the team, which could be taken negatively by the players who have been filling in for him while he’s been injured.
Deila may feel as though it’s more appropriate for him to reward the players who have played well since Mulgrew picked up his injury.
It’s not an ideal situation either way and while there are problems, Celtic have a better squad with Mulgrew fit rather than without him.