Celtic manager Ronny Deila has explained in the Glasgow Evening Times how the side will cope without Scott Brown against Partick Thistle this evening.
Brown is scheduled to miss out on the game after accumulating a number of yellow cards, which has created a suspension.
However, Deila doesn’t appear to be overly concerned about how the Bhoys will cope without their regular first team skipper.
“I was much more nervous when Broonie was missing through injury at the beginning of the season. We needed him more then,” he said.
“We have international players for his position. Nir Bitton can play there, and Stefan Johansen is good there as well.”
Nir Bitton is a good candidate to take Brown’s role because the Israeli has formed a very productive relationship next to the Scot this season.
Bitton will understand the role, the job and the positioning that Brown offers Celtic and that will give him a good natural sense over how to compensate for his absence.
Bringing Stefan Johansen deeper into the midfield is something that Deila may want to avoid if he can.
Johansen has been superb playing that role in behind the main striker this season and Celtic have looked less deadly up front, when he’s been forced to play a deeper role this season.
Whichever decision Deila makes this evening, Celtic should feel confident that they’ll have enough to get the better of the side placed ninth in the Scottish Premiership table, having scored 22 more goals than their opponents in total.