Celtic manager Ronny Deila will be sweating over the fitness of two key players ahead of the weekend.
Celtic manager Ronny Deila is sweating over the fitness of two players who will be important to the side’s chances of winning the League Cup against Dundee United this weekend.
Nir Bitton and Kris Commons face a race against time to be fit for the match and it will be interesting to see how Ronny Deila sets his midfield up, with things likely to go right down to the wire in relation to the important duo.
Bitton’s agent confirmed on Twitter earlier this week that the midfielder twisted his ankle and is giving himself every chance of being fit for the match, while Commons is thought to be training hard ahead of the crucial contest.
It’s most likely that Commons will get the nod if he shows no setbacks from a hamstring problem over the rest of the week, but either way, the way Deila sets up his midfield for the game shouldn’t change.
Scott Brown will do the dirty work and it will be the job of a Commons or Bitton type player to sit in the middle of the side, pulling the strings and dictating the pace of Celtic’s attacking play.
Another option for Deila is bringing Stefan Johansen deeper into the midfield. He tried it against St Johnstone and it didn’t work and it will be interesting to see if he tries a similar tactic for the final this weekend.
Johansen is better when he plays further forward and when he can pull the strings in behind the main forward.
Bitton could play even if he’s still carrying a slight problem because there’s no reason heavy strapping couldn’t work if the severity of his twisted ankle dies down.
However, the boss can’t make the mistake of playing either midfield prematurely, which might keep them out of action for much longer.