Ronny Deila has told the Glasgow Evening Times that Celtic pair Scott Brown and Charlie Mulgrew should be back in the near future.
Brown has not played since 25th October, but he is expected to be back available again after the international break.
And his return should be quickly followed by Mulgrew’s, although Celtic are keen not to rush the 29-year-old back.
“We are very optimistic that Scott will be fine and will be back after the break,” Deila said. “He is such an important player for us. It will be a big thing for us to get him back in.
“Charlie Mulgrew has a small chance for the end of this month. It is still early days for him and we do not want him to have another set-back so we are taking it slowly but we will see nearer the time if he is going to make it or not.”
While Brown’s injury has kept him out for only a brief period of time, Mulgrew’s season has been disrupted by his failure to make it off the treatment table.
The Scotland international has not played since the start of September, and the Bhoys will be keen for him to return to first-team action soon.
With Brown and Mulgrew back to full fitness, Celtic’s midfield options will be considerably improved, and that should help them in their quest for success.
Although the Bhoys have made a promising start to their domestic campaign, they have struggled in Europe – and they will need Brown and Mulgrew to inspire them to two victories in their final Europa League matches if they are to stand any chance of making it out of their group.